Conservative MEPs are urging the EU to be more ambitious in its efforts to cut the number of cyclists and pedestrians dying in accidents involving lorries.

The party's Internal Market spokesman, Daniel Dalton MEP, today called for new design measures aimed at eliminating lorry blind spots to become mandatory on new models by 2024 and existing models by 2026. This would be a significant advance on the European Commission's proposed deadlines of 2026 and 2029.

 

Speaking today as a wide package of new vehicle safety measures were considered by the European Parliament's internal market committee, Mr Dalton pointed out that 78 per cent of cyclist fatalities in London involved lorries.

 

"When you consider that trucks represent only a small proportion of the vehicles on London's roads, that is a real and serious problem," he said.  "There are clear safety issues with truck design which cause very significant blind spots.

"The proposals contained in this report, such as glass doors, bigger windows and a lower driver position, are practical and sensible. Indeed, some existing vehicles already use them.

 

"In the coming months I will be pushing for more ambitious legislation so that we can begin saving lives sooner.

 

"It is clear cut. The earlier these design changes become mandatory, the fewer people will die needlessly on our roads."

 

Other proposals contained in the report include lane keeping assistance, emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring and reversing detection.

 

The report will be amended by the committee before being put to a vote of the full European Parliament.