• ‘Flawed’ report on gigaliners

    A report by a Belgian consultancy TML says allowing 60-tonne lorries to use EU roads would bring economic, environmental and safety benefits. However, the report has been criticised by environmental and rail groups who say the modelling used by TML is flawed, as it underestimates the rebound effect on transport demand, so allowing the bigger lorries, often referred to as ‘gigaliners’, would have no overall environmental benefits.

    An official from the office of the transport commissioner Antonio Tajani told the environmental news service Ends Europe that no proposal on gigaliners is likely before 2010, and even then it may be limited to bilateral agreements rather than to the EU as a whole.