The House approved rules on Tuesday that allow manufacturers to increase the length of lorry cabs if this improves road safety and environmental performance. These rules were agreed informally by the Italian Council Presidency and Parliament negotiators last December.
The changes to the Weights and Dimensions Directive (1996) approved by Parliament allow manufacturers to use new designs for lorries, which may exceed current weight and length limits if they improve overall environmental and safety performance.
Improving road safety and fuel efficiency
Further review to react to market changes
The new rules also provide for the Commission to review the directive three years after national rules are in place.
Entry into force
Member states have to put relevant national rules in place within two years of the entry into force of the revised directive. The rules for cab design enter into force three years after relevant safety rules for putting newly designed lorries on the market have been adopted. The Commission intends to propose the latter “type-approval” rules by 2016. Rules for larger lorries remain unchanged.
The text now has to be formally approved by the Council of the European Union.
Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 2st reading agreement
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