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Europe rejects international mega trucks traffic.

Freight on Rail welcomed European Transport Ministers’ decision today to reject the European Commission’s proposal to allow cross border mega trucks across Europe. 1

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manger said,” International use of mega trucks could result in  more road fatalities 2, increased road congestion, pollution and road damage as well as undermining rail freight, the low carbon, energy efficient  and safer alternative. Even the European Commission admitted mega trucks were more dangerous than existing lorries 3. Once these bigger trucks were allowed in international traffic across Europe, they would come to the UK by default over time.” 

She added “It does not make sense to allow even bigger trucks when existing ones are driving around partially empty 4”.


1. Review of Lorry weights and dimensions directive 96/53 on the agenda for -5th June - EU Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg today. On the 15th April 2014, in the European Parliament Plenary Session, MEPs voted overwhelmingly to block further international use of mega trucks, up to 82 ft (25 metres) in length and 60 tonnes in weight.

2. Lorries are involved in 51% of fatal collisions, even though they make up only 11% of UK motorway traffic.  TRA0104, Accident statistics Table RAS 30017, both DfT  published 2013 for 2012 figures. Lorries were involved in over half of all cyclist death in both 2011 and 2012 in London – DfT/TfL statistics

3. TML Effects of adapting the rules on weights and dimensions of HGVs  P14 penultimate line 6 November 2008 DGTREN website. 

4. Over a quarter of trucks are driving around completely empty  27/28% empty running figures DfT road freight stats and CSRGT;
DfT figures show shows that almost half of loads (46.6%) are neither weight nor volume constrained ie partially loaded -Table 5: Summary of LST Take Up Input Assumptions for each Scenario Source: Impact Assessment of Longer Semi-Trailers, DfT 20/12/2010


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