Executive Briefings

Emissions and Safety Complement Each Other

There is frustration from the Freight Transport Association, which has complained that, whilst its members who operate road haulage fleets are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds retrofitting existing equipment to improve visibility in order to lessen the danger to cyclists, the pace of change from the relevant authorities to allow better designed heavy goods vehicles has been lamentably slow.

Safety and aerodynamics are two key areas which the FTA say could be better served if regulatory barriers to their development were removed.

Christopher Snelling, FTA head of urban logistics and regional policy, told a European Commission working group: "The best way to truly eliminate blind spots in [heavy goods vehicles] is to design them out.

"FTA is fully supportive and engaged in the discussions taking place with the European Commission. Manufacturers want to produce vehicles they can sell into the entire European market, not just the UK, so it's right that this issue is being examined in Brussels.

"If the Brussels-based institutions do not prioritize this initiative, or tie it in with other measures so that its introduction is delayed, a huge opportunity to radically improve safety on our roads in the most efficient fashion will be missed."

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Safety and aerodynamics are two key areas which the FTA say could be better served if regulatory barriers to their development were removed.

Christopher Snelling, FTA head of urban logistics and regional policy, told a European Commission working group: "The best way to truly eliminate blind spots in [heavy goods vehicles] is to design them out.

"FTA is fully supportive and engaged in the discussions taking place with the European Commission. Manufacturers want to produce vehicles they can sell into the entire European market, not just the UK, so it's right that this issue is being examined in Brussels.

"If the Brussels-based institutions do not prioritize this initiative, or tie it in with other measures so that its introduction is delayed, a huge opportunity to radically improve safety on our roads in the most efficient fashion will be missed."

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