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 worked hard to improve HGV safety on the European Commissions recent proposal amending Directive 96/53 which governs the size and weight of lorries that are allowed to cross borders.

The final news is that the European Parliament and Council 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.

They also decided to include safety 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. However this will only be allowed from 2021 onwards. The safety specifications will be outlined within changes to type approval during 2016-2017.

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

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

Our document on the vision improvement possibilities in amending the Directive is here ECF Report on improved vision for HGVs.

What is the ECF doing?

ECF will be advocating for safer vehicles, including HGVs/lorries, within the update to the General Safety Regulations within type approval.

We think that lorries should have better designed cabs with lower seating positions for drivers, particualrly for those vehicles in urban areas. There are also various technologies that should be thoroughly investigated such as blind-spot detection and automatic braking technologies that must be prioritised.

The European Commission has already conducted a cost/benefit sudy on those technologies and safety interventions that could be included. The report can be found here.

The procedure is likely to kick-off late 2015- early 2016.

Contact Person:

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


Last Updated August 12, 2015