MEPs vote to introduce longer cabs sooner

DAF long-nose prototype

The European Parliament has voted to implement rules to allow longer, more aerodynamic cabs much earlier than planned. The original plan was to grant derogation from the current maximum length rules from mid-2022 but MEPs on the Transport and Tourism Committee voted almost unanimously on 23 January to implement the derogation just six months after the rules come into force. That date has yet to be announced.

The aim of the proposal, tabled by the Commission, is to allow earlier introduction of more streamlined truck cabs, which would help reduce air drag and increase fuel efficiency, cut emissions from the transport sector and improve drivers’ visibility from the cab to improve road safety.

Committee chair Karima Delli said: “Now that manufacturers are ready to move forward, it’s time to ensure that cabins become aerodynamic to use less fuel and produce fewer emissions. This will help drivers to have a better vision and improve road safety, especially for vulnerable road users. We shall do our best to prevent member states from watering down the proposal as it stands, to have these aerodynamic trucks on the road as soon as possible.”

2015 DAF CF85 FTG Euro-6: Commercial Motor's used truck of the week

Used truck of the week DAF CF

Used truck of the week is a well-maintained Euro-6 DAF CF85 FTG.

This 2015-registered 6x2 is on a 64-plate and has covered a respectable 387,000km under one owner. The 460hp engine is paired to an AS-Tronic gearbox and it has a sleeper cab with sunvisor and aero kit fitted.

It has been maintained under a DAF repair and maintenance contract since new and is MoT’d until November. It has a sliding fifth wheel, a mid-lift-axle, and is being sold by Dixon Commercial Exports, County Durham.

See the listing here: DAF CF85 used truck of the week for sale