richard westcott

richard westcott

MEPs approve rules for safer lorry designs in EU

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The BBC's Richard Westcott takes a look at the Concept S at MAN's Munich headquarters - footage filmed on a mobile phone A large majority in the European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient. If national governments back the changes, lorries will have to have bigger windows and rounder fronts - rather than the standard "brick" design used for drivers' cabs now. New designs will tackle the driver's "blind spot", blamed for many deaths. Groups representing cyclists have urged the UK government to back the changes. The proposals were backed by 570 MEPs, with 88 against. London Mayor Boris Johnson, who launched a popular cycle hire scheme in the capital, says he is worried the UK government may oppose the changes.