Road safety

Heavy Goods Vehicles make up 3% of the European vehicle fleet and 7% of driven kilometres, yet they are involved in 18% of fatal accidents, costing over 7000 lives across the EU in 2008.

We want to make trucks and lorries safer for cyclists and are interested in all technological developments to that end.

We are also very interested in the European Commissions recent proposal amending Directive 96/53 which governs the size and weight of lorries that are allowed to cross borders.

The latest news is that the European Parliament has voted to not allow the cross border use of Megatrucks. However the issue will be brought back to the table in 2016 after a thorough Commission review.

The Parliament also voted to make safety a priority when considering any allowances to the front of the cabs, with a view to safety specifications becoming mandatory after a certain time. This includes the provision of better ditrect vision around the cab and also to allow better deflection.

A link to our Press Release should be at the side of this page.

This is all very good news so far. However, now the Council (the member states) have to agree to the Parliament vote. We shall be working to this end. If you wish to get involved please do contact

For our document on the safety aspects of a change of shape see here Cab design report, and more specifically on the possibilities for vision improvements here ECF report on HGV cabs direct vision

An ECF article on why direct vision is important can be found here

A two page ECF summary on Megatrucks and safety can be found here Megatrucks Safety Paper Summary and the full report here Megatrucks Safety Paper

What is the ECF doing?

The ECF will be appealing that changes in the repeal of the regulations come in the shape of more aerodynamic vehicle and safer fronts and sides, we will be opposing creating the ‘European ‘Megatruck’ and we will work with the No-Mega Trucks Alliance against these vehicles.

We are working with the European Commission in the expert working group looking at the technical specifications for the amendment to Directive 96/53. Our paper on the vision improvement possibilities in amending the Directive is here ECF Report on improved vision for HGVs.

Contact Person: 

Ceri Woolsgrove
Policy Officer – Road Safety and Technical Issues
United Kingdom


Last Updated November 17, 2014