Monster Vote

MEPs have voted twice to restrict the possibilities for 25-metre lorries (variously called “monster trucks”, “modular trucks”, “gigaliners”, and other names) to use EU roads.

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The transport committee vote this month amended the Ayala report on Freight Transport Logistics, suggesting states should need specific permission if they want to allow 25-metre trucks on EU roads. And a proposal to encourage “multimodal logistics solutions and the European modular system” put forward in the Barsi-Patacki report was heavily rejected. Finland and Sweden already allow them, while other countries are considering permitting them. A new report published by six railway associations says “monster trucks” would make road transport less expensive than now, and are “certainly not compatible with the vision of a more sustainable transport market”.

This news story is taken from the July 2007 edition of T&E Bulletin.