Ford has introduced a new range of protection shields designed to help operators meet social distancing requirements.
The new shields that provide a barrier between occupants for extra peace of mind can be fitted to Transit and Transit/Tourneo Custom vans and people movers.
Fully adjustable, they have been developed with operators including public transport, school and private hire in mind. They are fully compatible with safety features including airbags.
They are intended to supplement operators’ existing personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene protocols and can be fitted in configurations to suit individual applications.
Owen Gregory, Ford’s European Commercial Vehicle Aftersales director, said, “Commercial vehicle operators have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and are adapting to new norms as they continue to provide their vital services to our communities and economy.
“Our new protection shields provide additional support to our customers as they continue to operate in challenging circumstances, offering drivers and passengers peace of mind as they work and travel.”
The impermeable shields are made of transparent plastic with integrated straps for simple installation and can be sanitised as part of operators’ interior disinfecting procedures.
Drivers can retain full visibility of the windscreen, side windows and mirrors, and passengers can still hear and see each other as normal.
The shields can be fitted to offer four separate configurations, splitting cabins from front to rear and from left to right as desired.
Shields for Transit/Tourneo Connect, and Transit Courier will follow later this year.