No Mega Trucks
Tell your local MEPs that the UK does not want mega trucks 25 metres (82ft ) coming to the UK. To stop this happening MEPs need to vote against the proposal to allow mega trucks to cross international borders within Europe.
Why is this so important – Because the Commission has issued a proposal for a revision of the legislation governing the international circulation of HGVs, called Directive 96/53. It is proposing formalising permission for cross border mega trucks traffic between consenting member states which will lead to mega trucks circulating across Europe by default over time.
Please take the opportunity to ask your MEPs, from the different parties, to oppose mega trucks being allowed to travel internationally to avoid these monster vehicles coming to the UK via the back door. Whilst the UK Government currently says it will not allow mega trucks to circulate in the UK, it will come under huge pressure from the road haulage industry on competition grounds to allow these lorries, once mega trucks are allowed to travel internationally, despite all the adverse safety, congestion and environmental consequences.
Watch this video to experience how dangerous mega trucks are.
Even the European Commission research of January 2009 admitted that mega trucks are more dangerous than existing HGVs. The main reasons for increased collision risks are handling and manoeuvrability problems including snaking, larger blind spots, extra weight and size. Currently HGVs are disproportionately involved in serious accidents with other road users. In 2010, they made up about 3% of the EU vehicle feet but gave rise to 14% of fatal collisions.