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In this position paper, T&E recommends that until the necessary conditions are put in place, the use of LHVs is restricted to national operations only. The requirements to be met before cross-border use is further considered are the following:
1.A swift update of the road charging directive (Eurotoll) to mandate the full internalization of the infrastructure, safety and environmental external costs of all lorries, in particular LHVs;
2.Safety standards for LHVs, in particular with regards to additional safety equipment, vehicle age, regular maintenance, safety checks and driver training;
3.Measures to reduce negative impacts on rail freight, in particular effective weight limits (44t) and control for lorries and consideration of restricting cross-border LHV use to combined transport;
4.Safe and aerodynamic redesign of lorry cabs to improve lorry safety, fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions;
5.Even if these requirements are met, it should still be left to national or regional governments to decide whether or not to consider LHVs.