The European Parliament has brought forward the possibility of ground breaking lorry/truck safety design with a vote yesterday in the Parliament. The MEPs voted in favour of allowing an increase in the front of the cabs. The MEPs inserted amendments that some of this space has to be used to decrease blind spots at the front and to the sides of the cab and to increase direct vision. The current brick shaped cabs are a direct result of the current Directive.
This could be the first step to making it a requirement that the driver of an HGV can see clearly around the cab. Other safety amendments include the inclusion of a crumple zone at the font of the cabs and better deflective properties if cyclists or pedestrians are hit by lorries so that they are less likely to be pulled under the wheels.
ECF were part of a grand coalition of cities, European safety and environmental organisations, in asking for safety measures to be a crucial part of this legislation and we are very happy that MEPs have agreed with us that this could be a real breakthrough in getting safer HGV design in Europe. Now there will be a plenary vote in the European Parliament in April, and then it will be the turn of the Member States who will have to agree later in the year for this to be law.
Read the full press release from ECF here