New EU rules to allow for safer and greener trucks

The European Commission is proposing  new rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries, which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10 per ent, cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and also enhance the safety of vulnerable road users.

The proposal will allow cabins with a rounded shape and for the use of aerodynamic flaps at the back of the trailer. These measures will considerably improve the aerodynamics of vehicles, saving approximately € 5,000 per year in fuel costs for a typical long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km, the European Commission says.

This represents a 7–10 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions (or 7.8 tonnes of CO2 for the same long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km). At the same time, the field of vision of the driver will be improved, helping to save the lives of 300 to 500 vulnerable road users such as pedestrians or cyclists every year, across Europe every year.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, 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, a greener truck for the global market.”