RETROFIT DRIVER-PROTECTION DOOR FOR THE CITARO
Mercedes-Benz is now offering a professional retrofit solution for a driver protection door with a separating pane for the Citaro. It protects bus drivers to the increased risk of infection of Covid-19 and other viruses due to their contacts with numerous people, although passengers on public transport in Germany are obliged to wear mouth-nose protection. This driver-protection door is made of safety glass.
After the outbreak of the corona pandemic transport companies reacted quickly to protect their bus drivers from infections with Barrier tape to cordon off the driver’s area, closed front entrance doors, improvised separating panes but these can not be permanent solutions according to Mercedes-Benz. So it now produces the first official protection for bus drivers in a durable door with a full-surface separating pane as a retrofit solution for the Citaro city bus. The separating pane is made of clear toughened safety glass and is 780 millimetres wide and almost 1400 mm high. It covers the space between the passengers and the driver’s cab. It is available both in a closed version and with small openings for ticket sales. The separating pane is available for different cab doors in high and low versions and with an integrated cash register. It is particularly easy to exchange in vehicles that already have a driver-protection door with a separating pane over half the width of the door. This solution gives the driver an unrestricted view through the windscreen to the exterior mirrors as well as to the interior mirror. It is homologated and type-approved in accordance with regulation ECE R43.
Mercedes-Benz offers the retrofit solution for a driver’s safety door for the current Citaro series, which was launched in 2011. In addition, Mercedes-Benz is also developing a retrofit solution with a polycarbonate separating pane instead of safety glass. Due to the simpler manufacturing process, this solution will also be available for earlier versions of the Citaro.