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British Cycling welcomes EU lorries safety vote

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Published: 18 March 2014

British Cycling’s Policy Adviser, Chris Boardman, has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament to bring in mandatory safety requirements for new lorries.

The European Transport Committee today voted in favour of proposed changes to the vehicle Weights and Dimensions Directive. This would mean lorry cabs can be redesigned to reduce blind spots and improve the direct vision of drivers.

Chris Boardman visited Brussels alongside the Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, in January to call for tighter EU rules on HGV safety.

Welcoming the result of the vote, British Cycling’s Policy Adviser, Chris Boardman, said:

“This is another step towards creating an environment on the roads that accommodates the needs and safety of cyclists. Lorries are involved in almost one in five cycle fatalities in Britain and part of the problem is dangerous cab designs.

“I hope the Department for Transport moves quickly to ensure that we have more fit for purpose lorries on Britain’s roads.”