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 Financial Times today on its front page [paywall] reported that the French government investigation into Dieselgate omitted crucial details about how Renault's diesel cars were able to emit much more harmful emissions on the road than in the lab. Allegedly, the state inquiry, known as Commission Royal after the minister in charge of the investigation Ségolène Royal, did not disclose the full results of studies analysing the enormous gap between real-world performance and lab test results of certain models including the Renault Captur.
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.
Fears that Europe’s transport is still lagging behind other industrial sectors in tackling climate change have been confirmed by the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Its data show greenhouse gases from transport have grown for the first time since 2007. T&E says the figures are worse than the EEA says, and calls on the EU to take ‘ambitious’ action.
The call by the French commission investigating Dieselgate to strengthen the systems for approving cars has been welcomed by Transport & Environment, but the organisation said this will only have an effect on new models many years from now. We have an air pollution crisis killing hundreds of thousands of people each year in Europe’s cities and we need action today, the sustainable transport group said.
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.