No cross-border mega trucks in the EU

The cross-border transport of longer and heavier trucks will not be permitted in the EU. This was confirmed in a trialogue meeting of the EU, after it was decided by the transport committee of the European Parliament. The decision is good news for the rail freight sector, which was likely to lose market share if the cross-border transport of mega trucks was made possible.

The meeting involving the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament took place on Friday evening 11 May. The decision was announced in Rail Technology Magazine last week. Parties within the rail freight sector had campaigned against the decision, fearing a three per cent loss of market share if the measure had passed.

From road to rail

Mega trucks can be up 25 metres long and weigh sixty tonnes. They can carry larger volumes, requiring fewer trips. However, rail transport is more environment-friendly, and moving cargo from the road has been a main objective of the EU. Any expansion of mega-truck sizes would shift freight transport from rail back to the road, parties opposing the measure argued.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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