New EU rules for ‘greener and safer’ lorries

New rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries have been approved by the European Parliament. The European Commission put forward the rules, which will allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries have been approved by the European Parliament.

The European Commission put forward the rules, which will allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which reduce fuel usage by 7% – 10% and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

That could mean savings worth €5,000 (£3,565) every year in fuel costs for a typical long-distance lorry covering 100,000 kilometres, according to the Commission.

The new rounded shape of the lorries is expected to increase the field of vision and help save lives as the current “brick shape” front of the cabin can increase the severity of injury to road users in a collision.

Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport said this is a “significant achievement”.

She added: “This will lead to fewer emissions and casualties on our roads and lower fuel costs for hauliers. It will also allow the industry to produce new lorries and to remain competitive on the global market.

“Today’s vote will pave the way for Member States to reach a final agreement so society can start to reap the benefits of these new rules.”