The European Parliament is making welcome moves helping to protect cyclists by introducing life-saving changes to lorry designs.
Currently lorry manufacturers produce short cab fronts with dangerous blind spots and blunt cabin fronts, increasing the risk of serious accidents with cyclists and pedestrians.
However the new design has larger windscreens and shock absorbers to reduce damage on impact. This will significantly reduce blind-spots for lorry drivers, putting cyclists at a reduced risk of being injured or killed.
Cycling safety is a serious issue in this country, with cyclists having to contend with dangerous motorised traffic on most British roads.
Last November the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced a £214 million investment in cycling which will greatly improve cycling conditions on Britain’s busiest roads.
Until then cyclists can rest assured that the EU is working towards improving cyclist safety in the UK with safer lorry designs.
Dr Alan Bullion
Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Sevenoaks