The European Commission has imposed new rules regarding trucks, aimed at saving fuel and avoid accidents.
“Lorries have an infamous reputation when it comes to road safety, and rightly so. Currently, a frontal crash with a truck is like hitting a brick wall,” said Jeannot Mersch, president of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims.
According to the European Commission the trucks should have more aerodynamic, longer and rounded cabs to save fuel and reduce the number of accidents. The European trucks should also be fitted with technology which is already seen at the US trucks. The Commission said that these changes could save around 5,000 euro ($6,600) annually in fuel costs and cut emissions by 7%-10% for an average truck which travels around 100,000 km (60,000 miles) annually.
“A brick is the least aerodynamic object you can imagine and so we are going to improve the shape of the lorries on our roads,” EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said in a statement.
A Commission official said that the change should be applied quickly as the US already has the so-called ‘boat tails’ retractable flaps, which are added to the back of the vehicles. Although the cost was around 3,000 euro, this is recovered in about two years through fuel savings.