In response to difficulties implementing some aspects of the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 (2006) and after receiving authorisation from the Department of Transport, Lancashire County Council and Whale Tankers have devised an innovative means of incorporating a rear mounted, lightweight lighting warning arrow on the Council’s latest GullyWhale fleet newcomers.
Using King Highways Products’ Traiload LP15 model, Whale has successfully engineered a system for mounting the high visibility arrow, to alert other road users of a vehicle’s presence whilst working, using a specially designed frame that is located high on the rear of the vehicle. Operated via a hand control within the cab, the lighting arrow can be raised and lowered electronically subject to whether the gully cleaner/jetter is in operation or not.
As Lancashire County Council’s Mark Wilkinson states: "This latest system is all about ensuring the safety of our operators and other road users. In addition to the excellent visibility that the system provides, it also eliminates a number of the problems which were identified due to the nature of the road network in Lancashire".
"We are delighted how the system is performing on the new vehicles and have decided to retrofit the existing six Whale GullyWhales that we already have in our fleet," adds Mark.
Supplied with 15 200mm LED amber lamps the system has been fitted to seven Whale Medium Volume Combination (MVC) GullyWhale tankers. Complete with twin compartment tanks – 1100 gallon capacity dedicated to waste collection and 700 for the provision of clean water jetting – the GullyWhale MVC tankers have all been specified on DAF’s 18-tonne 4 x 2 LF 55 day cab chassis.
In addition to featuring Whale’s ORCA 240 high pressure pump delivering 120l/min at 120 bar, the GullyWhale’s also feature powerful vacuum performance that is delivered by the company’s Mistral 402 series exhauster/compressor.
Commenting on behalf of Whale Tankers, Northern Regional Sales Director, Richard Booth said: "The GullyWhale is a very popular vehicle and it has been rewarding to have worked with Lancashire County Council and Traiload in developing what we all agree is an efficient and effective working solution: one that provides the level of safety protection needed on a vehicle that is called on daily to perform in a busy and potentially hazardous environment."