MVIS/SVHL deal promotes wider VMS access and “legislative evolution”

Two key players in the traffic management sector have signed a deal that will not only enable wider market access to the latest generation of variable message signs (VMS), but which they hope will also promote the case for legislative evolution facilitating the greater efficiency of the UK’s road network.

Derbyshire based Mobile Visual Information Systems Ltd (MVIS) supplies mobile and solar powered monitoring and visual information systems to the traffic management sector.  Its solar powered colour mobile VMS offer a choice of five colours, and the company recently undertook what is believed to be the largest single deployment of solar powered VMS in the world, supplying almost 200 units for The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Olympic Route Network.

Safety Vehicle Hire & Lease Ltd (SVHL) from Leicestershire is the specialist rental and contract hire division of leading trailer and truck equipment supplier, 50 year old King Vehicle Engineering Ltd (KVE), and focuses on the traffic management company and local authority market. It specialises in the provision of impact protection vehicles, or “crash cushions”, of which it has the UK’s fastest growing fleet.

Under the terms of the new deal, SVHL has become MVIS’ exclusive rental partner, and will lease MVIS’ VMS via its well established customer network of traffic management companies and local authorities.

Said MVIS’ managing director, Tony Price:  “The new rental partnership will support MVIS in its continued market expansion, introducing our five colour VMS system to a wide customer base and further educating them in the benefits of multi-colour products, which allow more rapid user interpretation.

“By building product awareness and demand in this way, we hope that we will ultimately help to encourage the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to update regulations permitting a greater use of colour on the UK’s roads, facilitating the greater efficiency of the road network.”

Said SVHL’s managing director, Mark Carrington:  “The new partnership provides SVHL with a logical extension to its product range.  The market for electronic VMS is expanding rapidly, and MVIS is at the forefront of the constantly evolving technology available.

”We look forward to working with MVIS to expanding the market for multi-colour VMS and hopefully in turn to contributing towards eventual legislative evolution.”

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