Irizar has launched of two systems designed to help protect passengers and drivers against airborne infection.
Working in conjunction with air-conditioning supplier Hispacold (part of the Irizar Group of companies), Irizar (UK) now offers the eco3 air-purifier, which can be fitted to any coach with an air-conditioning system, irrespective of make. Irizar also now offers approved sets of transparent isolation screens specifically tailored to fit its i4, i6, i6S and i8 coach models.
The eco3 air purifier produces ions and ozone in the correct proportions to disinfect the air circulating within the coach. It has the additional benefits of removing unpleasant odours within the vehicle and raising oxygen levels, which reduces the risk of driver fatigue. It works whenever the vehicle’s saloon heating or cooling system is active.
The eco3 can be retrofitted to any bus or coach with air-conditioning, irrespective of make, and requires no routine maintenance.
Irizar’s approved transparent passenger and driver screens create a semi-enclosed ‘cab’ area around the driver’s seat, and divide each pair of passenger seats from those immediately to the front and back to reduce the risk of infection by airborne droplets.
The screens meet all the necessary regulations pertaining to interior fitments for coaches and buses including fire, impact and driver indirect vision. A notifiable alteration will be required with the fitment of both driver and passenger screens, although it is expected that this will be possible via a video call to avoid waiting periods.
UK operators can source eco3 units and screen sets via Irizar’s Masterpart operation.
Datik, part of the Irizar group of companies, is currently developing a new solution: COViDManager. Installed at the entrance of a bus or coach, it monitors passengers before they enter and can deny entry to those who do not meet the ‘required standards.’ It is expected to be available in July, with further information to be released in the coming weeks.