Electric Vehicle Steps : Step Catalogue : AVS Steps

NATIONAL GRID STEP OUT WITH AVS

National Grid has been working with AVS Steps to create a specifically modified access step, and following an extensive field trial with drivers and engineers the foot operated cassette step has now been fitted onto more than 100 vehicles within its fleet.  National Grid are now planning to specify AVS’s steps as a standard ancillary item on all its Transit 350’s with side door access.  

“With a requirement for our engineers to frequently access and egress the load compartment of our vehicles through the side entry door, we have fitted AVS’s steps to help reduce the stresses on leg joints associated with stepping into heights, and to minimise slips trips and falls around commercial vehicles.” said Gary Foster, Fleet Operations Manager for National Grid.

The compact design of the steps specified on the Transit 350’s mean that they can be stored under the vehicle away from the side door.  “Deployment is simple, and we have worked with AVS Steps to develop some bespoke modifications to meet our specific requirements,” added Gary. Additional safety features have also been added to the steps, including yellow non-slip paint and softer springs to slow down deployment.

As the world’s largest automotive step specialist, AVS Steps are leading the way in the commercial fleet market, and Keith Clarke, AVS Steps Managing Director says: “ “In the future we will see more and more fleets like National Grid specifying vehicle steps for health and safety reasons.” added Keith.  
AVS Steps offer the most comprehensive range of electric and manual vehicle steps, which is further supported with the largest network of service agents in the UK.
For further information on AVS Steps who have offices in the UK, Germany and USA, please telephone 44 (0)1948 880010, email sales@avssteps.co.uk or visit www.avssteps.co.uk.
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September 2008

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