European bureaucrats paving the way for 82 ft (25 metre) mega trucks across Europe?
European bureaucrats are proposing allowing cross border traffic of mega trucks between consenting countries even though these vehicles are bigger,more dangerous and more polluting than existing HGVs. Crucially, this action will lead to mega trucks circulating across Europe by default over time and result in a domino effect.
Once a few countries have mega trucks it will make it harder for hauliers in other countries who do not have mega trucks to compete, so they will lobby their Governments to allow these massive vehicles on competition grounds.
Why – because mega trucks will reduce operator’s costs by up to 20% but will impose these costs upon society in terms of more fatal collisions, more congestion, more pollution and more costs maintaining/adapting the infrastruture. Currently existing sized lorries only pay between one to two thirds of the costs they impose on society and mega trucks will exacerbate the situation.
Why should we oppose mega trucks
Mega trucks will cause more road congestion as extra time will be needed to clear junctions and railway crossings. Additionally, they will also undermine rail and result in trainloads of freight returning to our congested road network. The heaviest UK train can remove up to 160 HGVs from our roads.
Mega trucks have serious dangers due to their size and lack of manoeuvrability.
The promoters are claiming that these vehicles will be restricted to motorways, dual carriageways and major roads. The reality is that these vehicles will need local road access to distribution hubs not on motorways/dual carriageways.And finally, the European Commissioner does not even know what the implications will be of allowing mega trucks as it did not carry out any impact assessment, which goes against its own rules.