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European cycle safety laws passed

cyclist on road

The European Union has passed new laws to improve safety for cyclists by imposing tougher rear view mirror standards on new lorries.

The legislation, drafted by the UK Department for Transport, requires all newly registered heavy goods vehicles to be fitted with improved mirrors.

More than 100 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on British roads last year in accidents involving heavy goods vehicles.

Road safety minister Andrew Jones said: “Safer lorries mean safer cyclists. I am delighted the UK government has got the outcome it wanted.

“This shows we are fighting hard for Britain in Europe, delivering sensible decisions which can make a real impact back home, and giving us the best of both worlds.

“As a result of our actions, Europe will now adopt these improved standards which will save lives.”

The vote also resulted in the adoption of new safety standards for electric vehicles, and improved safety and accessibility requirements for buses.

All measures will come in to force in July 2016.

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