Cities ask EU to enforce lower cabs and bigger windscreens on trucks
Nineteen cities, among which Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London, are asking the EU Commission to issue new standards for lorries used in cities to improve visibility for the driver and protect weak road users like cyclists.
Seeing other road users
In order to better see the other road users, the cities want the lorries to be equipped with lower cabs and bigger windscreens. This would reduce the number of blind spot accidents. They think it is feasible, as these kind of trucks already exist, like the garbage trucks in Brussels. But technical standards for vehicles is a EU matter.
“This proposal is lying on the table of the EU authorities for a long time”, Pascal Smet (sp.a), Minister for Mobility in Brussels says. “The way most trucks are designed today isn’t taking into account other road users.”
General EU rule
“Cities can work on their infrastructure and set speed limits, but technical specs for vehicles is Europe’s competence”, says Stef Cornelis from NGO Tranport & Environment. “A general European rule would prevent cities to make their own, different regulations for trucks entering the city which would make production cheaper.”
The letter, signed by the nineteen, is not coincidental sent these days, as the European safety rules of the Safety Regulation are to be reviewed. The last version dates from 2009. New regulations would become active by 2023.