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Brussels – The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says an EU deal to postpone new rules enabling safer lorry designs is a setback for road safety.

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Representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met last night to hammer out an agreement on new legislation that enables, but does not require, manufacturers to make changes to lorry cabs that improve visibility and reduce the impact of crashes on other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The final agreement, which is still subject to agreement by member state representatives at a meeting on Friday and a vote by the European Parliament, effectively delays the optional changes until 2022.

“These changes could prevent up to 900 deaths a year on European roads, so any delay will cost lives.Just imagine how many more lives would have been lost if innovations like seat belts and electronic stability control had been held back from the market for similar reasons.” ( Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director)

ETSC press release

“…the absurd and unprecedented decision to impose a ban on new lorry designs until 2022 casts a dark shadow over the agreement.”  ( William Todts,Transport & Environment (T&E)

Under the original Commission proposal, new designs would have been allowed by around 2017. The European Parliament supported this.

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“This delay will unecessarly cost lives and leave many citizens and vulnerable road users with severe injuries. Why are such measures to reduce the dangers on the road always soooooo much delayed ?” (Jeannot Mersch, FEVR president)

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