Rotala uses Thermo-fogging equipment in the fight against Covid-19

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In preparation for its bus and coach subsidiaries moving towards resuming full service, Rotala Plc has invested in new Thermo-fogging disinfection equipment at each of its depots.

Directors and senior managers at Rotala have been dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers both during the Covid-19 lockdown and now that we begin moving back towards normal life. Keen to further demonstrate their commitment to public safety, all Rotala operating depots will be implementing a daily disinfection regime that is efficient, effective and certified to guarantee that every bus begins its daily service completely sanitised and virus free.

New Wrightbus Streetlite WF 20174 is seen in Stourport-on-Severn operating service 3, which is operated by Redditch depot on Sunday’s and Bank Holiday’s and Kidderminster depot Monday to Saturday. Both depots are using the new Thermo-fogging equipment. RICHARD SHARMAN

By using Ionic Systems Thermo-fogging equipment Rotala is able to meet a number of operational needs and customer concerns. With so many buses and so little time, disinfection has to be undertaken quickly and cost-effectively. By ‘Thermo-fogging’, an entire bus can be sanitised in under three minutes. By volumising an approved (EN 14476) disinfectant into the complete airspace within the bus there is no hiding place for the virus to exist. The fine mist that settles on every surface at every angle remains effective against both Covid-19 as well as other viruses and bacteria for more than 24hrs. Aside from the speed of delivery, a principal benefit of the Thermo-fogger lies in the fact that the application is a process whereby no area is missed. Furthermore, the operator is completely protected as even airborne viruses are killed during the process.

Patrick Whittaker, UK Sales Manager for Ionic Systems, UK manufacturer of cleaning and disinfection equipment said: “We are proud to be associated with Rotala, the first UK public transport company to have invested in Thermo-fogging daily disinfection. Rotala’s staff are fully trained and certified in disinfection fogging and use only the approved Covid-19 disinfectant that is also fabric-friendly and safe to use.”

CEO for Rotala Plc, Simon Dunn added: “Public transport is an essential service that meets many social, economic and environmental needs. This investment shows Rotala’s clear commitment to passenger and driver safety and is a clear signal that it is possible for proactive operators to take measures to assure the public that it is safe to use public transport and give them the confidence to do so.”

A video of the equipment in operation can be view here: