Today the European Parliament approved the change in rules for lorry design!
The full breakdown of this is in the post below, but in summary, this would amend existing lorry regulations so that the driver would have much better visibility of the road, and cyclists and pedestrians. Additional safety features such as a crumple zone, and deflection bumpers would also mean that the roads will be much safer for all.
This plenary session was the stamp of approval for the EU, following the first vote – all great news, and encouraging that it was nearly unanimous (606 in favour, 54 against).
However, the next part of the process is for all the EU member states to decide on whether this is to be mandatory, or optional. Lorry companies are reluctant to change, and apply pressure on the EU governments.
The UK in particular is resisting these calls for change, and we must continue to apply pressure on them, to make them realise that this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to really make a difference for our vulnerable road users.
More info on the links below:
Kate interviewed on Radio 4, from 40mins 15sec
Kate interviewed on BBC Newcastle Radio, from 1hr 22mins 50 sec
Transport & Environment: Full Parliament votes for safer, cleaner lorries, but faces national roadblocks