GB2493762A - Vehicle having vertically movable platform for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices - Google Patents

Vehicle having vertically movable platform for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices Download PDF

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GB2493762A
GB2493762A GB1114228.8A GB201114228A GB2493762A GB 2493762 A GB2493762 A GB 2493762A GB 201114228 A GB201114228 A GB 201114228A GB 2493762 A GB2493762 A GB 2493762A
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Brian Derek Lowis
Simon Christopher White
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SHB HIRE Ltd
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60PVEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS
    • B60P1/00Vehicles predominantly for transporting loads and modified to facilitate loading, consolidating the load, or unloading
    • B60P1/44Vehicles predominantly for transporting loads and modified to facilitate loading, consolidating the load, or unloading having a loading platform thereon raising the load to the level of the load-transporting element
    • B60P1/4414Vehicles predominantly for transporting loads and modified to facilitate loading, consolidating the load, or unloading having a loading platform thereon raising the load to the level of the load-transporting element and keeping the loading platform parallel to the ground when raising the load
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01FADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE
    • E01F9/00Arrangement of road signs or traffic signals; Arrangements for enforcing caution
    • E01F9/60Upright bodies, e.g. marker posts or bollards; Supports for road signs
    • E01F9/70Storing, transporting, placing or retrieving portable devices

Abstract

A vehicle 12 for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices which may be traffic cones. The vehicle 12 comprises a work station 14 that is moveable up and down with respect to the remainder of the vehicle 12. The work station 14 has an up position for use when the vehicle 12 is travelling along a road 16 and the road traffic devices are not being dispensed or collected and a down position for use when the vehicle 12 is travelling along a road 16 and the road traffic management devices are being dispensed or collected. The down position being at a height above the road 16 which optimises comfort and safety for an operator manually dispensing or collecting the road traffic management devices. Preferably the work station has a floor 18 which is level with an underside of the vehicle 12 when in an up position and which is lower than the underneath of the rest of the vehicle 12 when in the down position.

Description

A VEHICLE FOR DISPENSING AND
COLLECTING ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT DEVICES
This invention relates to a vehicle and, more especiaIly this invention relates to a vehicle for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices.
Vehicles for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices are known. The known vehicles comprise a work station. The work station is such that an operator dispensing and collecting the road traffic management devices has to work in an awkward and unsafe position.
It is an aim of the present invention to reduce the above mentioned * problem.
Accordingly, in one non-limiting embodiment of the present invention there is provided a vehicle for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices, which vehicle comprises a work station, and which * work station is moveable up and down with respect to the remainder of the vehicle such that the work station has an up position for use when the vehicle is travelling along a road and the road traffic devices are not being dispensed or collected, and a down position for use when the vehicle is travelling along a road and the road traffic management devices are being dispensed or collected, and the down position being at a height above the road which optimises comfort and safety for an operator manually dispensing or collecting the road traffic management devices.
The work station which is able to move up and down improves the comfort and safety, and therefore efficiency, with which the operator is able manually to dispense or collect the road traffic management devices, as compared with known vehicles. With the vehicle of the present invention, the operator is able to work closer to the ground, which minimises the degree to which the operator has to lean and bend away from the work station. In addition, with the work station in the up position, the operator is able to be transported safely.
The vehicle may be one in which the work station has a floor, in which the floor is level with an underneath part of the vehicle in the up position, and in which the floor is lower than the underneath part of the vehicle in the down * position.
The vehicle may include control means for use in the up and down movement of the work station. * .*.
* The control means may include a releasable locking arrangement for * releasably locking the work station in the up position. Any suitable releasable locking arrangement may be employed. Thus, for example, the releasable locking arrangement may be mechanical releasable locking arrangement, a hydraulic releasable locking arrangement, or an electrical releasable locking arrangement.
Preferably, the releasable locking arrangement comprises a pair of spring-loaded locking bolt devices which operate one on either side of the work station and which prevent movement of the work station in the up position. The releasable locking arrangement may be one in which each spring-loaded locking bolt device comprises a locking bolt on the work station.
an aperture on the remainder of the vehicle and which receives the locking bolt, a spring which biases the locking bolt towards and into the aperture, and a hand grip formation on the locking bolt for use in pulling the locking bolt out of the aperture against the biasing force of the spring.
The hand grip formation may comprise a bent portion of the locking bolt at an end of the locking bolt remote from the aperture. The bent portion of the locking bolt may include a knob.
The control means may include a pair of lever and pivot arrangements which operate one on either side of the work station and which allow movement of the work station between the up and down positions and which U...
* support the work station in the down posftion.
*::: Each lever and pivot arrangement may comprise first and second levers which are connected by a pivot at their inner ends.
The work station may include a safety hand rail. The safety hand rail * may be a telescopic safety hand rail. Other types of safety hand rails may be employed so that, for example, the safety hand rail may be a foldable safety hand rail.
The work station may include a foot kick plate. The foot kick plate may operate to provide additional safety for the operator in helping to prevent the operator from slipping off the work station during the dispensing or collecting of the road traffic management devices.
An embodiment of the invention will now be described solely by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 shows a known vehicle for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices; Figure 2 shows a vehicle of the present invention for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices; and Figure 3 is a front perspective view of a work station forming part of the vehicle shown in Figure 2.
Referring to Figure 1, there is shown a vehicle 2 for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices such for example as cones (not shown). The vehicle 2 comprise a work station 4. The work station 4 is situated at a side of the vehicle as shown. The work station 4 has a floor 6.
The floor 6 is at a substantial height above a road B along which the vehicle 2 a.....
* is travelling. This means that an operator (not shown) standing on the floor 6 *:*:: of the work station 4 has to lean substantially away from the side of the vehicle 2 and also bend substantially downwardly towards the road 8 in order *.
: to set down or collect road traffic management devices such for example as *.**..
* cones. It can be seen from Figure 1, the floor 6 of the work station 4 is at an unreasonable height above the road 8.
Referring now to Figures 2 and 3, there is shown a vehicle 12 of the present invention. The vehicle 12 is for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices. The vehicle comprises a work station 14. The work station 14 is rnoveable up and down with respect to the remainder of the vehicle 12. The work station 14 has an up position for use when the vehicle 12 is travelling along a road 16 and the road traffic management devices are not being dispensed or collected. The work station 14 has a down position as shown in Figures 2 and 3 and which is for use when the vehicle 12 is travelling along the road 16 and the road traffic management devices are being dispensed or collected. The down position is at a height above the road 16 which optimises comfort and safety for an operator manually dispensing or collecting the road traffic management devices.
The vehicle 12 is one in which the work station 14 has a floor 18. The floor 18 is level with an underneath part 20 of the vehicle 12 in the up position. The underneath part 20 of the vehicle 12 is the frame or bottom of the vehicle 12 as can be appreciated from Figure 2. The floor 18 is lower than the underneath part 20 of the vehicle 12 in the down position as shown in Figure 2.
* The vehicle 12 includes control means 22 for use in the up and down movement of the work station 14. The control means 22 comprises a control bar 24 which, when pulled. causes an electric motor (not shown) to move the work station 14 from the down position to the up position. Similarly, when * pushed, the control bar causes the work station 14 to be moved by the electric motor from the up position to the down position.
The control bar 24 is connected to a lever and pivot arrangement 26 which comprises a pair of levers 28, 30 connected together at their inner ends by a pivot 32. The lever 28 is connected at its lower end to a pivot which connects to side walls 36 which form part of the work station 14 and which define with the floor 18 a working area 38. The control bar 24 and the lever and pivot arrangement 26 form an over centre linkage.
The work station 14 Includes a releasable locking arrangement 40 for releasably locking the work station 14 in the up position so that the vehicle 12 can travel from location to location where the road traffic management devices are to be dispensed or collected. The releasable locking arrangement comprises a pair of spring-loaded locking bolt devices which operate one on either side of the work station 14 and which prevent movement of the work station 14 in the up position. Each spring-loaded locking bolt device comprises a locking bolt 42 on the work station 14, an aperture 44 which is on the remainder of the vehicle and which receives the locking bolt 42, a spring 46 which biases the locking bolt 42 towards and into the aperture 42, and a hand grip formation 46. The hand grip formation 48 is on the locking bolt 42 * * and it is for use in pulling the locking bolt 42 out of the aperture 44 against the biasing force of the spring 46. The aperture 44 is in a plate member 50 extending from a side of the remainder of the vehicle 2 in which the work station 14 moves up and down.
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* The hand grip formation 48 comprises a bent portion 52 of the locking bolt 42 at an end of the locking bolt 42 remote from the aperture 44. The bent portion of the locking bolt 42 includes a knob 54.
The work station 14 includes a safety hand rail 56. The safety hand rail 56 is a telescopic safety hand rail 56.
The work station 14 also includes a foot kick plate 58. The foot kick plate 56 is helpful in stopping an operator on the work station 14 from slipping off the work station 14. Also, the foot kick plate 58 is able to strengthen the outer operating edge of the work station 14. In the up position of the work station 14, the foot kick plate 58 is level with the underneath part 20 of the vehicle 12 and appears to form a continuation of a lower frame member 60 of the vehicle 12.
It is to be appreciated that the embodiment of the invention described above with reference to Figures 2 and 3 has been given by way of example only and that modifications may be effected. Thus, for example, the vehicle 2 may be a different type of vehicle to that shown. Control means other than the control means 22 may be employed. Any suitable and appropriate road traffic management devices may be dispensed and collecting including, for example, cones and barriers. Individual components shown in the drawings are not limited to use in their drawings and they may be used in other * ** * . S * S drawings and in all aspects of the invention. * *5 * S S * *5 * S ** S *
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  1. <claim-text>CLAIMS1. A vehicle for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices, which vehicle comprises a work station, and which work station is moveable up and down with respect to the remainder of the vehicle such that the work station has an up position for use when the vehicle is travelling along a road and the road traffic devices are not being dispensed or collected, and a down position for use when the vehicle is tiavelling along a road and the road traffic management devices are being dispensed or collected, and the down position being at a height above the road which optimises comfort and safety for an operator manually dispensing or collecting the road traffic management devices.S.....</claim-text> <claim-text>2. A vehicle according to claim 1 in which the work station has a floor, in which the floor is level with an underneath part of the vehicle in the up position, and in which the floor is tower than the underneath part of the vehicle in the down position. *ete* * a</claim-text> <claim-text>3. A vehicle according to claim 1 or claim 2 in which the vehicle includes control means for use in the up an down movement of the work station.</claim-text> <claim-text>4. A vehicle according to claim 3 in which the control means includes a releasable locking arrangement for releasably locking the work station in the up position.</claim-text> <claim-text>5. A vehicle according to claim 4 in which the releasable locking arrangement comprises a pair of spring-loaded locking bolt devices which operate one on either side of the work station and which prevent movement of the work station in the up position.</claim-text> <claim-text>6. A vehicle according to claim 5 in which each spring-loadS locking bolt device comprises a locking bolt on the work station, an aperture on the remainder of the vehicle and which receives the locking bolt, a spring which biases the locking bolt towards and into the aperture, and a hand grip formation on the locking bolt for use in pulling the locking bolt out of the aperture against the biasing force of the spring.</claim-text> <claim-text>*r'! 7. A vehicle according to claim 6 in which the hand grip formation *0.*e * comprises a bent portion of the locking bolt at an end of the locking bolt remote from the aperture.</claim-text> <claim-text>8. A vehicle according to claim 7 in which the bent portion of the locking *.fl*.* bolt includes a knob.</claim-text> <claim-text>9. A vehicle according to any one of claims 4 -8 in which the control means includes a pair of lever and pivot arrangements which operate one on either side of the work station and which allow movement of the work station between the up and down positions and which support the work station in the down position.</claim-text> <claim-text>10. A vehicle according to claim 9 in which each lever and pivot arrangement comprises first and second levers which are connected by a pivot at their inner ends.</claim-text> <claim-text>11. A vehicle according to any one of the preceding claims in which the work station includes a safety hand rail.</claim-text> <claim-text>12. A vehicle according to claim 11 in which the safety hand rail is a telescopic safety hand rail.</claim-text> <claim-text>13. A vehicle according to any one of the preceding claim in which the work station includes a foot kick plate. ".. * * ** S....* * 14. A vehicle for dispensing and collecting road traffic management devices, substantially as herein described with reference to Figures 2 and 3 of the accompanying drawings. * *. _. .**.fl* * 1*</claim-text>
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