MEPs vote to introduce longer cabs sooner

Colin Barnett
February 7, 2019

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.”

About the Author

Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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