The UK’s fi rst Scania L-series enters service

ESSEX-based crane hire specialist City Lifting Limited has become the fi rst UK operator to put a Scania L-series low- entry truck into service.

The vehicle, which has been supplied by Scania (GB) Limited's Purfl eet branch, is a 26-tonne gross vehicle weight L 280 6x2 rigid with a fl atbed body and an on-board Palfi nger PK19.001 SLD 5 18.5-tonne- metre loader crane.

The vehicle will be used as a support truck for City Lifting's London crane fl eet and is an answer to the construction industry’s need for low cabs.

Regarding the company's decision to opt for an L-series model, Managing Director Trevor Jepson said: “As soon as we heard the L-series was coming, I thought it would make an ideal vehicle for use in London.

“We have seen the construction industry moving towards low cabs and, faced with ever-tightening regulations, the L-series represents a positive opportunity to help future-proof the business.

“Like every other operator in the capital today, our focus is on minimising risk. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are a particular concern.”

Ticking safety boxes

The lower cab gives better vision all round and the City Safe window in the passenger door adds more visibility where it is needed most: on the nearside.

Scania's L-series is an entirely new low- entry cab series designed for urban environment applications such as local distribution, waste and construction. To facilitate safe and easy access and egress, the new cab can be specifi ed with automatic kneeling to give a single 4.4-metre entry step on both sides of the cab. With up to three passenger areas, movement around the inside of the cab is also easy. All L-series cabs are 20 metres long and available in three roof heights; low, normal and high.

In order to help reduce road risk in urban environments, Scania has introduced the option of a low-placed window in the passenger door of new generation P and L-series models. Known as the Scania City Safe Window, this factory-fi tted option enhances the driver’s ability to detect vulnerable road users such as children, cyclists and pedestrians in the immediate vicinity of the truck.

Direct Vision Standard rating

Scania’s L-series qualifi es for a fi ve-star rating under the Direct Vision Scheme by Transport for London (TfL). City Lifting's L-series is accredited with fi ve stars – the maximum possible – under TfL's Direct Vision Standard.

While the star rating of every vehicle has to be calculated independently due to variables such as tyre size and chassis height, it is possible to specify the L-series to achieve the highest score.

 The new Scania L-series provides a low cab, improving visibility and safety measures

Star ratings are becoming increasingly important – from 2020 only trucks with one star or above will automatically be allowed to operate in Greater London. In 2024, that fi gure will rise to three stars.

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Determining the score involves calculating how much the driver can see of a 'control volume' around the truck based on TfL's analysis of the spots where urban accidents are most likely to occur. The higher the 'visible volume', the higher the star rating.

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