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Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

Volume 688: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they rejected the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe unanimous decision to mark all new heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes with high conspicuity markings. [HL1565]

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) has agreed that fitment of retro-reflective tape should become mandatory for new heavy trucks (7.5 tonne and over) seeking approval to UN-ECE Regulation 48. A truck with such approval can be sold throughout the UN-ECE area without having to meet any further, national, lighting requirements. We have not rejected this decision: rather we are working to bring the requirement into force via UK regulation 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.