Changes to European legislation that will permit aerodynamic lorries that are safer for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians will come into effect in 2019, and not 2025 as road safety campaigners had feared.
France, where truck manufacturer Renault is based, and Sweden, home to Volvo and Scania, were among member states that sought to delay implementing the revised regulations, overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament earlier this year, for 10 years.
But yesterday, a “trialogue” session involving members of the European Commission, European Council and the European Parliament, resulted in the implementation of the revised regulations to take place in 2019, two years later than the earliest date they could have come into effect, reports Euractiv.
Lorries complying with the new design regulations, which will permit larger windows and have rounded cabs that will help prevent people being dragged under the vehicle in the event of a collision, can now operate on Europe’s roads six years earlier than could otherwise have been the case.
On Monday, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman were joined by Kate Cairns, founder of the See Me Save Me campaign group, in urging transport minister Robert Goodwill and the UK government to fight for the changes to be implemented without delay.
South East England Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who also wrote to Mr Goodwill, said: "These changes will mean the introduction of safer, greener lorries on our roads by 2019.
"I would have liked to see these changes implemented sooner, but we've successfully fought against the EU governments and industry who wanted an unacceptable 10 year delay.
"It's now over to manufacturers to ensure safer lorry designs for cyclists and pedestrians," she added.
The agreement reached yesterday now has to be approved by the European Council and Commission.
I'm willing to put myself forward as a control sample for the study.
The mechanic who fitted the rear mudguard had clearly seen the front mudguard fitter being put up against a wall and shot!
Isn't that to show how rugged and manly the devices are though?
50x11 @ 100rpm on 26mn tyres is ish 36mph , 52 chainring would be 4% more ish 1.4mph - 37.4mph...
In which case you know how vulnerable cyclists are, you know how to overtake cyclist and, more importantly, how not to overtake them....
The disparity in the image quality between Mark and Mike's images is stark....
What about Miguel Indurain?
Wow! I dream of getting 6,000km out of a chain! My bike has only just cleared 5,000km...
Maybe we need to take a note out of the drivists playbook and label the lack of secure bike storage as discriminatory against the disabled
Well, I passed this lot yesterday and they seemed to be enjoying the ride... (apparently it was the national chopper convention or something!).