18 December 2019
Transport for London has recognised Alexander Dennis with an award for its work in support of the capital’s new Bus Safety Standard.
The Award for Collaboration, given as part of TfL’s 2019 Supplier Awards, was made in recognition of the bus manufacturer’s work with the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) on an evidence-based project that led to the creation of the new standard.
Alexander Dennis shared insights on its existing and ongoing research into safety features, made vehicles available for the testing of features and undertook significant development work on emerging technologies.
Following the definition and publication of the Bus Safety Standard, Alexander Dennis was one of the first manufacturers to make new safety features available to bus operators, and in August 2019 became the first manufacturer to deliver complete batches of vehicles built to the standard’s first implementation stage.
Bus Safety Standard features already implemented by Alexander Dennis include Camera Monitor Systems to replace exterior mirrors with external cameras and cab-mounted screens, Intelligent Speed Assistance technology which prevents drivers from exceeding the speed limit, an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System to make buses more audibly conspicuous, pedal confusion warning lights, and a higher grade of non-slip flooring to give passengers a surer footing inside the vehicle.
Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of Alexander Dennis, said, “Alexander Dennis strongly believes in partnership working and we are delighted this has been recognised with the Award for Collaboration for our support of the development and introduction of TfL’s Bus Safety Standard. We are proud to be at the forefront of making buses even safer for passengers, drivers and other road users, and look forward to leveraging further advances in design and technology to continue this journey.”