The SUVs are on top of the world and this trend doesn't seem to be abating anytime soon. The size of the category is not only increasing in terms of at popularity her, but also literally, which is not particularly welcome to Europe. Its cities Old Epirus have begun to suffocatedue to cars that keep growing in size.
Right now, the maximum width which can have a vehicle in EU are the 255 cm. A regulation that came into force in mid 90s to limit the width of buses and trucks.
Many car manufacturers use this “loophole” in the law to increase the width of their production models, creating products that para-they are big for European roads.
According Transport & Environment researchEuropean Transport and Environment Agency, the average width of new vehicles in the EU has overcome the 180 cmwith this value to increasing by 0.5 cm every year since 2001. The author of the report, James Nixspoke to Guardian about: “That number may not sound like a lot, but in reality, if there are no reforms, SUVs and pickups will end up being as wide as buses and trucks.”
Of course, this results in reduction of available space on the roads for other users, such as them cyclists. In most cases, the outdoor parking spaces in Europe are designed for vehicles with width not exceeding 180 cmwhich now, does not cover at least 50% of new cars.
For example, the SUV belowwhich have proven to be particularly popular, do not comply with the limit of 180 cmwhich applies to most major cities of Europesuch as for example the Paristhe London and Berlin.
|BMW X5 / X6
|Land Rover Defender
|Range Rover / Range Rover Sport
Cyclists' associations per the Europe they call her Commission to take action and to imposes new restrictions on the width of new passenger vehicles, in order for cities to remain safe and accessible for all road users. Currently, no change is foreseen in the regulations, since the EU has not made any comment on the matter.
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