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No mega trucks on UK roads

Freight on Rail welcomes two key announcements from Europe on mega trucks

  1. The Conservative Transport spokesperson in the Parliament re-affirmed that 82ft mega trucks weighing up to 60 tonnes will not be allowed on UK roads 1.
  2. European Parliament rejected the European Commission’s proposal to expand cross border mega trucks traffic across Europe 2.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manger said, ”Together these policies should stop mega trucks, which are totally unsuited to our roads and undermine rail, coming to the UK. Had bigger trucks been allowed in international traffic across Europe, they would come to the UK by default over time and cause more needless fatal collisions 3, more congestion, more road damage and more pollution.” 

She added, “Even the European Commission 4 admitted mega trucks were more dangerous than existing lorries 5.
 

Notes

1. http://conservativeeurope.com/news/no-megatrucks-on-uk-roads-after-conservatives-secure-uk-exemption- 10th March 2015

2. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150306IPR31742/html/Parliament-backs-deal-to-make-lorries-safer-and-greener
Review of Lorry weights and dimensions directive 96/53. Mega trucks 25 metres (82Ft) long European Parliament vote 10th March 2015

3. HGVs are five times more likely than cars to be involved in fatal accidents on minor roads. TRA0104, Accident statistics Table RAS 30017, both DfT  published 2013 for 2012 figures

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

5. 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

 

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