Trafalgar Transport to extend use of Jimmy Beam Down Light safety system

Cheshunt vehicle operator Trafalgar Transport plans to extend its use of the Jimmy Beam Down Light (JBDL) safety system, just a couple of weeks after taking delivery of its first trailer fitted with it.

The firm, which runs seven artics on grocery distribution work, had the first downlights fitted to a new SDC triaxle curtainsider in late January.

Director Vic Dellicolli told Freightinthecity he was very pleased with the system so far and was already looking to retrofit it to a second, fridge trailer, with more of his predominantly temperature-controlled trailer fleet set to be fitted out thereafter.

The downlights, fitted along the side of the trailer, come on when the regular vehicle lights are activated; illuminate automatically when a vehicle is travelling at less than 15kph; and also flash in conjunction with the indicator lights when a vehicle is turning. They also work as an extension to a vehicle’s regular hazard warning lights.

Dellicolli said he was particularly pleased with the indicator function of the new lights. “Even a cyclist with his head down in driving rain can’t miss eight flashing lights on the side of the trailer,” he said. “Anything you can do to make a vehicle more conspicuous and hopefully safer is worth looking at.”

The system should also help make reversing at night in a dark yard less risky, he added. “Any extra lighting should save all those bumps and scrapes that nobody can explain!” said Dellicolli.

Mercedes-Benz has been trialling the system for its factory-fit potential (pictured).