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Commissioner’s legal u-turn opens the door to megatrucks

Lorry road trains as long as medium-sized aircraft could be permitted to travel throughout Europe, following an unprecedented reinterpretation of existing law by European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas.  Sustainable transport campaigners Transport & Environment say the change is undemocratic and undermines the Commissioner’s own key objectives for the transport sector of reducing emissions and boosting rail freight.  

A Sound Investment: Reducing Vehicle Noise

When? 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor balcony
Brussels
Belgium

In early July, the European Parliament's ENVI Committee will vote on the first update to EU vehicle noise limits in 20 years.  Judith Merkies MEP invites you to a discussion on this important public health issue.  The event will also include the official launch of the Sound Investment Joint Declaration: a five point plan for cutting traffic noise in urban areas by half.  To register, please contact Cécile Toubeau with your full name, date of birth and place of residence.

Delivering the Goods: Making Lorries Smarter, Safer and Greener

When? 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:00 to 17:00
Where? 
Representation of Bavaria to the EU
Rue Wiertz 77
1050 Brussels
Belgium
An afternoon conference for European policymakers to identify solutions to the environmental and safety impacts of road freight. The programme will examine technical solutions for smarter and safer lorries and map a way forward for EU legislators to encourage smarter road freight.  

MEPs urged to end EU’s ‘deafening silence’ on traffic noise

The fight against traffic noise is being directed at MEPs, as the European Parliament’s environment committee prepares for a vital vote in July. T&E and two other Brussels-based NGOs have published an internet video highlighting the problem, while a report for T&E published last month showed the benefits of ambitious vehicle noise legislation would outweigh the costs by 30 times.

European Parliament vote on fuel taxes: reaction from Transport & Environment

Brussels - Fuel tax havens such as Luxembourg and Spain may have to raise their low diesel taxes following a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this afternoon on a proposal to revise the EU’s Energy Tax law.  Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Magnus Nilsson, senior campaigner at T&E said: “This vote is good news for countries like Portugal, Belgium, France and Germany who currently lose billions in tax revenue as a result of lorries filling up in fuel tax havens such as Luxembourg and Spain.  Lower diesel taxes are bad for the climate and force governments to find cash elsewhere, such as by raising job-killing labour taxes.  ”

Swedish lorry move shows Brussels ‘hasn’t thought this through’

With the battle over whether oversized lorries, known as ‘megatrucks’, should be allowed to cross EU national borders, an extension of the fight is now emerging as Sweden has given the green light for even longer lorries to operate between Göteborg and Malmö. T&E is worried that the Commission’s proposed ‘reinterpretation’ of existing weights and dimensions rules for lorries would effectively leave Europe with no limits at all.

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