MEPs in the European Parliament Transport Committee have approved measures to improve lorry safety which could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents a year.
Numerous road safety campaigns across the UK have stressed the urgent need for safer lorry designs to help protect vulnerable road users.
Under the proposed changes, pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEP and European Transport Spokesman Phil Bennion, lorry drivers’ sightlines would be improved by reducing the blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of lorry cabs. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce the damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians.
Conservative MEPs Jacqueline Foster and Philip Bradbourn abstained on the final vote, while former UKIP MEP Mike Natrass voted against.
Mr Bennion commented:
“More than half of all cycling fatalities on Britain’s roads are caused by accidents involving lorries. Making a few small changes to lorry design will save lives by getting rid of dangerous blind spots and reducing the damage caused by collisions.
“I am glad to see that these changes were approved by MEPs after months of campaigning. However it’s a shame that my Conservative colleagues did not give these proposals their full backing.
“I will now be putting pressure on them to change their minds so we can reach a consensus before the final vote in Strasbourg next month.”