Backlash over safer lorries delay

Backlash over safer lorries delay

Safety groups have hit out at a decision not to introduce more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly lorry cabs on European roads until 2022.

Campaigners had hoped that the new designs, which improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, would be made mandatory as soon as possible.

But the changes will be optional, rather than a requirement, with new designs not coming in force until 2022.

Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the European Transport Safety Council, is unhappy with the delay.

He believes the changes could prevent up to 900 deaths a year on European roads, so has questioned why they should be put back to enable all manufacturers to compete on a level playing field.

Likewise, William Todts, of campaign group Transport & Environment, echoes much the same sentiments. He claims the decision to impose a ban on new lorry designs until 2022 is both absurd and unprecedented.

Part of the reason the lorry industry delayed the changes was to allow manufacturers more time to develop the safer cabs.

Copyright Press Association 2014