§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Agreement was reached last week in the European Community for an amendment to the braking directive enabling member states to require anti-lock brakes on the following categories of heavy vehicle:
- Towing vehicles over 16 tonnes
- Trailers over 10 tonnes
- Coaches over 12 tonnes
This means that all articulated lorries with a total gross weight of more than 26 tonnes would have to be equipped. The amended directive will enable member states to impose the requirements from I October 1989 to new type 250W approvals and to all new vehicles registered from I October 1991. We shall be consulting in the new year on draft regulations to apply the requirements in this country.