J C Madigan, a truck equipment distributor in Lancaster MA, was part of the early phase of Boston’s test program for side underride guards. Based on the results of the program, the city now requires them on their own trucks as well as private trucks that do business with the city.
Boston has specific dimensional requirements for side guards in order to keep pedestrians and bicyclists out of harm’s way.
Municipal fleets have a wide range of truck configurations, which demands an equally wide range of guard configurations.
The guard shown here was built by Air Deflector Inc of Canada. It is a composite panel designed to provide quick access to the truck. One of the challenges of guards is to design them in a way that they minimize their effect on routine operation of the vehicle and on the preferred location of tools and accessories.
At this year’s Work Truck Show, Morgan Corporation displayed this van body equipped with side underride guards. Whether it’s refuse trucks or local delivery vehicles, cities are beginning to require this type of equipment where trucks share tight spaces with bicyclists and pedestrians.
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