Brakes on for EU gigaliner proposal

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament on the revision of EU rules on truck dimensions (Directive 96/53/EC) as a positive and sensible move.

MEPs voted for big improvements to lorry design which will see the reduction of blind spots and a redesign in order to create a more deflective shape to the front of the cab. They also voted to postpone a decision on proposals to legalise the cross-border use of excessively long 'gigaliner' trucks until the Commission carries out a thorough impact assessment on the possible consequences.

Alyn said:

"I've received a large number of emails from constituents over the last few years requesting that more is done at a European level to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians around lorries and so today's vote is a welcome step which will address some of the primary concerns.

"The decision to postpone the vote on the cross-border transport of gigaliners was also a sensible move. After today's vote, the European Commission must now deliver the missing impact assessment of cross-border trips by these controversial monster trucks before re-tabling any proposal. It is unconscionable to push blindly ahead with such a complete change of European law without assessing the potentially dramatic consequences.

"This has been a sensible result from the Parliament today."