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Lorries: Safety Measures

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate she has made of the average cost to a road haulier of fitting retro-reflective marking tape to a heavy goods vehicle; and what the total estimated cost of doing so is for all road hauliers; (198208)

(2) what consideration she has given to making the fitting of retro-reflective marking tape mandatory on all new heavy goods vehicles from 10 October 2009.

Following European and international negotiations, it was agreed to require fitment of retro-reflective marking tape for new trucks over 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) and new trailers over 3.5 tonnes GVW. The cost over 12 years has been estimated at between £152.6 million and £164.2 million and potential benefits over the same period have been estimated at £297 million. The cost per vehicle has been estimated as ranging from around £186 to almost £388.

The UK is working to implement the requirement via amendment to our national Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations by 10 October 2009. This is the earliest date that Contracting Parties to UN-ECE Regulation 48 can refuse to register new heavy trucks not fitted with reflective tape. A public consultation on proposed amendments will be carried out in due course.