Challenging the conventional approach to low-entry, high-vision vehicles, Renault Trucks UK - working in partnership with Veolia - the UK’s leading resource management company, has delivered a class-leading lowest entry Range D day cab, as part a £5 million investment over the next two years, that improves driver direct vision while increasing productivity for multiple collection operations.

“Transport for London’s CLOCS programme has made low-entry, high-vision vehicles a priority to minimise work-related road risk, underlined by the London Mayor’s Direct Vision Standard system,” says Nigel Butler, Renault Trucks UK’s Commercial Director. “By working with Veolia we have been able to gain a real insight into the complexities of their operating environment and to deliver a cost-effective, ex-factory low-entry vehicle solution that requires no additional conversion and is designed around their urban cycle to improve both on road safety and operational efficiency.”

With a class-leading ground step height of just 375mm (some 75mm lower than traditional crew cab models in this sector) the Range D Low cab is accessed via two steps that sit slightly inside the cab for easy use.

Veolia manage many contracts that involve vehicle collections in busy urban areas. With a central focus on maintaining health & safety and the environments where they work, the company continuously look for ways of advancing their operating capability.

Highlighting this latest innovation Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President for Veolia UK and Ireland says: “Work safe, home safe, is our top priority for both our teams and for the communities where we work and as Responsible Business of the Year this emphasises our key commitment to safety. By introducing this development for our fleet we will help to safeguard other road users and our crews and support the London Mayor’s new five-star rating Direct Vision Standard for HGVs.”

Commenting on Veolia’s decision to take the 26-tonne Range D low 6x2 rigid onto its fleet, John Avery from Renault Trucks National Fleet says: “As a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles this project has helped us to look at how, by working with our customer and taking an innovative, solutions-based approach, we can make significant, cost-effective advances in on-road work related safety and operational performance.”

Mike Stringer, Product Manager at Renault Trucks, adds: “The Range D Low cab challenges the conventional industry solution with a traditional day cab that delivers class-leading low entry access and egress. Despite its lower bumper, the vehicle’s shorter front overhang compared with alternative low entry crew cabs on the market offers an improved approach angle for easier manoeuvrability on city streets, helps with ground clearance issues to reduce vehicle damage, and crucially, enhances the field of vision by putting the driver in direct control.”