Better by design

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th 2017

We have recently added twelve new generation dropside TM vehicles to our fleet. These state-of-the-art vehicles are the first tranche of an expansive update to our TM vehicles, a further thirty two are on order.

Based on the 3.5 tonne Vauxhall Movano, these are the first Traffix dropsiders to be fitted with tail-lifts – 500 kg column units with maximum-width platforms fabricated from mesh to reduce drag while on the move.

Developed in conjunction with specialist vehicle body builders Bevan Group, other features include Bevan’s patented Safe-T-Drop system, which is designed to eliminate any risk of a fall from height by operatives working on the vehicle bed. The impact-resistant Safe-T-Drop rails can be easily folded away for loading and unloading. Raising the dropsides is also quick and simple; they can only be closed with the Safe-T-Drop rails in place, ensuring correct use of the rails at all times.

Traffix Operations Director Derek Vinning commented: ‘We worked closely with Bevan Group to evolve the design and specification of our dropsiders. It’s very much a two-way process and we’re delighted with the outcome. The developmernt process has allowed us to reduce vehicle weight, move from traditional bulbs and halogen lighting to more effective flashing LEDs, and now fit Safe-T-Drop as standard. It’s a fantastic system and very reassuring, because unlike conventional, removable side rail bars, it’s impossible for an operative to forget to use it. he new tail-lifts are also safer for the operatives than the previously designed trailers . The lockable housing is totally secure and the fact that the traffic light posts are now carried on the vehcle itself allows for faster deployment, a particular benefit when we’re responding to a call from the emergency services. There are other companies out there using tail-lifts, but none with a TM vehicle that rivals the design of ours. When it comes to traffic management these vehicles represent the very best solution available.’