The Council of the European Union has confirmed the date when trucks with more aerodynamic cabins can enter into service on the European roads. The new regulations will come into force next year.
In March, the European Parliament voted on new legislation, last week it was approved by the EU Council. Guidelines for truck manufacturers are part of the regulations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in transport. At the end of March, Brussels set a target for reducing CO2 for new vans – at 31 percent until 2030.
This new generation of cabins will be safer, more comfortable for drivers and will allow savings on fuel. This is good news for all road users – and also for the environment, „said the Romanian Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc.
About the “nose” that is 90 cms longer
In accordance with the regulations approved by the Parliament and the Council, trucks travelling around Europe can have up to 90 cm longer cabins than at present, provided that they properly use the additional space. Their shape is to be more aerodynamic.
The truck construction parameters provided by Brussels will help reduce the number of fatal accidents and reduce fuel consumption, and thus carbon dioxide emissions. The longer front of the cabin will minimise blind spots, enabling drivers to see unprotected road users (eg pedestrians or cyclists) better. In addition, less air resistance is expected to result in a fuel consumption drop of up to 10%. New longer and more bulky vehicles will be formally admitted to traffic in the Union from 1 September 2020.
The Council’s vote was the last step in the legislative procedure. The decision will be signed by the Council and the European Parliament and then published in the EU’s Official Journal.