New EU rules for safer and more environmental lorries:
- extracts from the Midday statement by Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
End production: 15/04/2013 First transmission: 15/04/2013
The European Commission proposed today new rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and also enhance the safety of vulnerable road users.
The proposal will allow cabins with a rounded shape and for the use of aerodynamic flaps at the back the trailer. These measures will considerably improve the aerodynamics of vehicles, saving approximately € 5,000 per year in fuel costs for a typical long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km. This represents a 7–10% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (or 7.8 tonnes of CO2 for the same long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km). At the same time, the field of vision of the driver will be improved, helping to save the lives of 300 to 500 vulnerable road users such as pedestrians or cyclists every year.
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||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas: A brick is about the least aerodynamic object you can imagine. And so we are going to improve the shape of the lorries on our roads. It will make road transport cleaner and safer. It will reduce haulier's fuel bills by as much as 10%. And it will give European manufactures a head start in designing the greener trucks that the global market will demand in the future.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas: Lorries have can have a rounded cabin at the front and aerodynamic flaps at the back. In financial terms that will save 5,000 Euros a year in fuel costs for a typical long distance lorry covering 100,000 Km. In environmental terms, it will save more than 7.8 tonnes of CO2 emissions. In human terms it will help to save the lives of 300-500 pedestrians and cyclists each year.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Siim Kallas: there's good news for the state of our roads. The proposals include high tech weighing systems which will be more consistently applied from country to country. And fewer overweight lorries means few potholes for us all to drive into.
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