Enfield Council has become the first local authority in the United Kingdom to fit new purpose built safety devices to its vehicles to help prevent fatal collisions with cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Invented by a former Metropolitain Police motorcycle sergeant, PeoplePanels are designed to prevent people from becoming entangled along the sides of lorries, therefore significantly reducing the risk of injury during a collision.
PeoplePanels protect pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as well as workers such as refuse collectors who have to operate near the sides of large vehicles while carrying out their jobs. Produced by Dawes Highway Safety, PeoplePanels are prominent warning signs with messaged warning people to stay away from the near side of the vehicle at junctions.
James Dawes, Dawes Highway managing director, said: “Prominent warning signage displayed on the side of large vehicles helps prevent collisions happening because it draws people’s attention to danger zones and politely reminds them to take extra care near the vehicle - that’s why it forms part of the mayor’s ‘Direct Vision Standard for London’ (due for launch in 2019). We have worked in close partnership with Enfield Council’s fleet manager Julian Minta to create a PeoplePanel design that truly reflects Enfield’s commitment to enhancing road safety.”
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“By choosing PeoplePanels Enfield has gone even further than basic fleet safety expectations by combining enhanced visibility with specially manufactured and impact tested flat panels that completely cover traditional ‘open rail’ side guards.”
“PeoplePanels effectively close the gaps people could fall into during a collision where they risk becoming entangled and suffering serious or even fatal consequences. This is an important step forward in protecting vulnerable road users in London and follows examples set in New York, Washington DC and Boston where upgraded side guards are fitted on all municipal vehicles.”
“Having witnessed and attended many serious collisions in my former career I am delighted that Enfield have chosen to make our streets safer and lead the way for municipal operators in the UK.”