EU wants sleeker, safer lorries

New dimensions and safety regulations would change the look of EU highways

The European parliament safety committee has authorised new regulations governing lorry traffic. Under the new rules, lorries would be required to have longer, more aerodynamic cabs. The regulations originated in Denmark and are supported by a majority on the safety committee.

Longer cabs would eliminate blind spots in the driver's vision and be safer in accidents.

Along with longer, safer cabs, trucks would be fitted with aerodynamic flaps to reduce fuel consumption.

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The transport committee's decision must be confirmed in April by the full European parliament, and the new regulations would then be negotiated with the EU member states.