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European Commission backs increase in truck lengths

  • 15 April 2013
  • By Christopher Walton

The European Commission (EC) is to amend the current regulations relating to the length of a truck, which will see the introduction of new rounded cabins and aerodynamic tail flaps.

The EC said that amending the length restrictions, which restrict a trailer and cab combination to a total length of 18.75m, could save hauliers an average of €5,000 (£4,272) in fuel costs for a single vehicle covering 100,000km a year.

According to the EC, the proposal to amend Directive 96/53/EC will “considerably improve the aerodynamics of vehicles” by creating a 7% to 10% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (or 7.8 tonnes of CO for the same long-distance lorry covering 100,000km).

EC vice-president Siim Kallas said: “A brick is the least aerodynamic shape you can imagine, that’s why we need to improve the shape of the lorries on our roads.

“These changes make road transport cleaner and safer: they will reduce hauliers’ fuel bills and give European manufacturers a head start in designing the truck of the future,” he added.

At the same time, new rounded cabin designs will be considered by a working group comprising of vehicle manufacturers, industry bodies, cyclist representatives and environmental lobbyists.


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