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European Union to approve aerodynamic trucks

The European Union has decided to fast-track a regulation that will see more aerodynamically efficient trucks operating within the Union. Credit: aeroflex-project.eu

Aerodynamically designed trucks can reduce airborne emissions and improve efficiency. Therefore the European Union (EU) Council is fast-tracking legislation that will allow for longer trucks on European roads.

The Permanent Representatives Committee of the EU Council met on 30 January and agreed to begin negotiations with the European Parliament to amend the directive governing the overall length of trucks, which will allow for lorries with longer and more rounded cabs, making them more aerodynamically efficient.

According to an EU statement, “Rounded, aerodynamic lorry cabs provide drivers with improved comfort and visibility, leading to an increase in road safety for lorry drivers and other road users. Due to current EU restrictions on the length of goods vehicles, fleet operators planning to introduce aerodynamic cabs must reduce the amount of space allotted to cargo to compensate.”

Cabs that are more aerodynamically shaped have been in use for many years in the United States, but the EU has only now decided that these changes need to be made and wants to bring the changes into force as swiftly as possible.

The EU said, “The amendment acknowledges changes in the needs of the market and developments in transport technology; and emphasises that the European Commission should allow the derogation [exemption] of current length restrictions to come into effect as soon as possible.”

Rovana Plumb, Romania’s acting Minister for Transport and President of the Council, said: “Bringing [the amendment’s] introduction forward is a very targeted and welcome amendment to the current rules.”

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Nick Savvides, Staff Writer

Nick came to FreightWaves in December 2018 from Fairplay, a shipping market publication. He covers the shipping, freight and logistics industry in Europe. Since starting his career as a journalist in 1990, Nick has worked for a number of significant freight publications abroad, including International Freighting Weekly, the online news service for Containerisation International, ICIS, the chemical industry reporting service, as well as Seatrade in Greece. Nick also worked as a freelance journalist writing for Lloyd’s List, The Observer, The Express and The European newspapers among others before joining Seatrade Newsweek in Athens.

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