Victory for Lib Dems as MEPs approve safer lorry designs

Edward McMillan-Scott MEP
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP

Yorkshire & Humber Liberal Democrat MEPs Edward McMillan-Scott and Rebecca Taylor have welcomed a European Parliament vote to improve lorry safety through tougher design standards today, which was approved by an overwhelming 604 MEPs in favour.

Under changes pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs is set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

Over the past few years Liberal Democrat MEPs have met with a number of safety campaigners in Brussels and the UK who are calling for tighter EU rules to improve lorry safety, including Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Boardman and Kate Cairns from the See Me Save Me Campaign.

Edward McMillan-Scott said:

“Today’s vote is good news for all the campaigners in Yorkshire & Humber who have worked so hard to bring about these much needed changes to lorry design.

“With lorries coming from all over Europe, it is important that we act at European level and ensure that all vehicles on our roads meet safety standards.”

Rebecca Taylor said:

“This just shows that when individuals engage with their MEPs they can affect the outcome of EU decisions and bring about real change.

“Redesigned lorry cabs will drastically improve lorry safety and reduce serious accidents on our roads.

“As a keen cyclist myself, I am happy to back these measures which will help save lives in the future.”