Commission Releases New Data on Road Safety

Date: 30 March, 2014

The Commission has released figures showing that 2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads.  The Commissions preliminary figures, shows that the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012. These new figures puts the EU back on track towards achieving the strategic target of halving road deaths between 2010 and 2020.  Road safety is one of the big success stories of Europe. According to the Commission the 17% decrease since 2010 means that some 9000 lives have been saved.


Transport Committee Votes on Weight and Dimensions

On 18 march 2014, the European Parliament’s transport committee voted on the issue of Weights and Dimensions with 35 votes in favor, 4 against and 2 abstentions. The committee adopted all compromises proposed and article 4 of the directive about trials involving among others EMS remains unchanged.

The committee sends an important message by not restricting the basis for EMS and other road trains in cross-border movements. For the NLA, this has been a clear objective. With the agreement, the opportunities that the Nordic countries today have to use EMS in the region, seems to be preserved.


NLA asks for safer, cleaner vehicles now

Date: 31 January, 2014

In the coming months, the European Union has a once in a generation opportunity to radically change the design of lorries – and make them safer, cleaner and cheaper to run. The European Commission proposal to review the lorry dimensions rules opens the door for redesigned lorry cabs with a fuel-saving aerodynamic front and rear without reducing load capacity. Redesigned lorries would not only be cleaner and more comfortable for drivers, but also much safer, saving hundreds of lives every year.
These changes are good for the wider economy. Lower CO2 emissions translate into much-needed fuel savings and reduce our dependence on oil. Moreover, better safety means lives will be saved and insurance premiums for hauliers would potentially be lower. Safer, cleaner lorries are an opportunity that must not be missed.