The New York City Department of Sanitation is adding 87 new “Vision Zero” compliant mechanical brooms, or street sweepers, to its fleet this fiscal year, the agency announced on Wednesday, April 15.
“The Department of Sanitation is committed to the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “These mechanical brooms are the latest in our efforts to contribute to a safer and greener city.”
The new vehicles will feature larger glass windows, allowing for 15 percent increase in visibility for drivers, compared to the older models and reducing blind spots for the operator.
In additions, officials said, the new sweepers will have better fuel efficiency, reduced overall noise levels and a reduced carbon footprint, thanks to a reduction in the engine operating speed.
The brooms will also include a back-up camera.
All of the new sweepers will be in use by the end of May 2015.