Europe rejects international mega trucks traffic.
Freight on Rail welcomed the EU’s final decision last night to reject the European Commission’s
proposal to allow cross border mega trucks1 across Europe, which would have resulted in these
bigger trucks coming to the UK, by default over time.2
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manger said,”International use of mega trucks could result
in more road fatalities2, 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 lorries3.
She added that “Furthermore, existing sized HGVs are paying less than 40% of the costs associated
with their activities with the taxpayer picking up the £5 billion annual subsidy; mega trucks would
impose even higher costs on society.5
Notes to Editors
1. Mega trucks 82ft (25 metres) in length and 60 tonnes in weight.
2. Review of Lorry weights and dimensions directive 96/53 final trialogue meeting was held on
the evening of 10th December, where both the European Parliament and the 28 Member States
in the Council rejected the Commission’s proposal to allow cross border traffic of mega trucks
on grounds of road safety and road infrastructure damage. This decision has to be ratified by the
plenary of the European Parliament on 18th December.
3. 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
4. TML Effects of adapting the rules on weights and dimensions of HGVs
5. The research used existing Government criteria
P14 penultimate line 6 November 2008 DGTREN website.
Heavy Goods Vehicles – do they pay for the damage they cause (June 2014)
The research was written by the Metropolitan Transport Research Unit (MTRU)
and can be downloaded from the Campaign for Better Transport website.