Ford has launched a range of protection shields that can be fitted to a wide selection of the company’s commercial vehicles to help operators meet social distancing requirements.
Designed for easy fitting on the Transit and Transit / Tourneo Custom vans and people movers, the shields are intended for operations including school buses, patient transfer, accessible transport and taxi services, in use alongside operators’ existing personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene protocols. Shields for Transit / Tourneo Connect, and Transit Courier will follow later this year.
The shields are made of a transparent polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, making them impermeable, with integrated straps for simple installation and removable suction cups.
They can be sanitised as part of operators’ interior disinfecting procedures and packed flat for storage.
Once installed, the transparent shields enable the driver to retain full visibility of the windscreen, side windows and mirrors, and passengers can still hear and see each other as normal. They also don’t restrict passenger comfort, interior space or operation of the heating and ventilation systems.
The shields can be fitted to offer four separate configurations, splitting cabins from front to rear and from left to right, to meet requirements.
“Commercial vehicle operators have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and are adapting to new norms as they continue to provide their vital services to our communities and economy,” said Owen Gregory, Ford’s European Commercial Vehicle Aftersales director. “Our new protection shields provide additional support to our customers as they continue to operate in challenging circumstances, offering drivers and passengers peace of mind as they work and travel.”
The shields are part of the official Ford Accessories range and available through Ford dealers as well as via the Ford Online Shop in selected markets.