24 Mar '14, 12pm

EU Transport Committee puts brakes on mega trucks

24 March 2014: Last week, MEPs in the EU Transport Committee voted to reject further cross-border use of so-called 'mega trucks' - huge lorries 82ft (25 metres) long, which are bad for congestion, bad for safety and bad for road maintenance. Crucially, mega trucks would also devastate rail freight, the low carbon, energy efficient, safer alternative, encouraging freight off rail onto the roads. The European Commission admitted that mega trucks, which are three times as long as a double decker bus and equivalent in weight to 52 cars, are more dangerous than existing HGVs. In the UK, current trucks are involved in 52% of fatal motorway accidents even though they only make up 11% of the traffic, so increasing their size and weight would be madness. As it is, lorries are paying for only between a third and two-thirds of the damage they inflict on society in terms of road colli...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blogs/traffic/megatruck...

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