Some delivery trucks have a blind spot of up to 1.9 metres while the best in their class have virtually none because of lower cabs and bigger windows, according to a team at a UK design school. Closing that gap could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclists’ lives.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the second phase of greenhouse gas standards for the trucking sector, which will enable America to have the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks in the world. Europe’s sustainable transport group, Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomed the standard and urged European regulators to, having already sent the right signal, now step up their game and propose EU fuel efficiency targets for trucks now.
National emissions-reduction targets proposed for the transport, agriculture and buildings sectors include loopholes that would put their delivery at serious risk, environmental groups have warned. The regulation proposed by the European Commission will determine how member states share the burden of meeting the EU’s climate goals by 2030.
The way trucks are designed and configured has a major impact on what truck drivers are able to see from their cab (direct vision). A new study by Loughborough Design School (LDS) has analysed the direct vision and blind spots of top selling trucks in all vehicle categories (long-haul, construction, urban). The study shows that there are large differences between best and worst-in-class performance.
Joint statement from Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment (T&E) on publication of EU climate policy designed to reduce emissions across the agriculture, transport, building and waste sectors (the Effort Sharing Decision)Today, the European Commission proposed national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for EU member states in the 2021-2030 period, distributing EU-wide targets that member states agreed to in October 2014. Worryingly, the proposal includes loopholes that put the real-world delivery of the EU’s climate pledge at serious risk. Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment call on the European Parliament and member states to strengthen the EU’s largest climate legislation in line with the commitment made in Paris.
The announcement of new CO2 standards for cars, vans and, for the first time in Europe, trucks forms the centrepiece of the EU’s strategy for low-emission mobility and has been welcomed by Transport & Environment (T&E) as a meaningful step in the fight against climate change. But the Commission’s plan is completely devoid of ambition on cutting emissions from aviation and shipping, the sustainable transport group said.
Back in 2014 I wrote a blogpost saying that truckmakers behaviour smelled of cartel. At the time, the truckmakers had just successfully torpedoed a proposal to allow – not mandate – smarter, safer and more fuel-efficient truck designs. It was quite a surreal experience with truckmakers opposing more design freedom saying it would upset “competitive neutrality”. Our joint position with hauliers was: “who cares, we want more competition so bring on the new cabs”. But truckmakers rallied their friends in the member state transport ministries and managed to postpone the enabling of new designs to after 2020.
The overall direction for road transport in today’s leaked draft of the European Commission strategy for low-emission mobility has been welcomed by Transport & Environment (T&E), though the sustainable transport group has urged stronger action on greenhouse gases from international aviation and shipping.
Non-European companies supply four-fifths of Europe’s oil imports, with Russian firms supplying more than one-third (36%) of imported crude, a new study on Europe’s foreign oil dependency has found. Just two of the top 10 oil suppliers to the EU are European, and most of our imported oil is supplied from unstable countries.