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Cyclists and trucks CAN mix

Published to the CV Show website on
24/06/2011

This week saw the launch by the FTA of a new code of conduct for CV operators in a bid to reduce the number of accidents in cities involving cyclists. Any responsible operator of large goods - or passenger - vehicles wants to reduce the risk of accidents, especially with vulnerable road users, and the new code highlights best practice in vehicle technology and driver training.
Also this week, the proposal to extend the maximum length of articulated vehicles has come under fire from Labour Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle and campaigners including the Campaign for Better Transport, with safety concerns high on their agenda.
If longer semi-trailers are permitted, they will still comply with existing safety, total weight and turning circle regulations. Supporters point out that the real benefit is that UK trucks will be able to carry more cargo, making fewer trips, crucially cutting the road freight sector's 'carbon emissions per tonne'.

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