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How the EU legislation proceeded on the revision of the Directive on HGV permitted weights and dimensions

Longer Heavier LorriesStage by stage 

The MEPs in the European Parliament voted against allowing further cross border traffic of mega trucks and the Transport Ministers in the Council of Ministers have also given the same judgement as part of the Co-decision process.

From the start, the debate has been polarised with pro mega trucks supporters expanding routes and crossing borders.

Then the legislation went through the trilogue, stage which was agreed mid December 2014.

A good final outcome after our seven year campaign was achieved.

New directive on maximum authorised weights and dimensions 2015/719

Second reading took place in Strassbourg on 10th March 2015

  1. European Conservatives re-affirm opposition to mega trucks in UK on 10th March
  2. Further cross border mega trucks not permitted but existing countries using mega trucks and crossing borders could continue.
  3. Likely to be an impact assessment on mega trucks carried out in 2020

Details about the confirmation of second reading of legislation in European Parliament.
The latest opinion poll in Germany shows that almost 80% of Germans oppose mega trucks, because they are dangerous even though politicians in Germany continue to expand trials.

The background

The Commission issued a proposal for a revision of the legislation governing the international circulation of HGVs, called Directive 96/53. It proposed formalising permission for cross border mega trucks traffic between consenting member states without carrying out any analysis of the economic, safety, environmental impacts or the cost of road damage. The vast majority of MEPs agreed allowing cross border traffic could lead to mega trucks circulating across Europe by default over time in their vote in the European Parliament on 15th April 2014. However, the Council of Ministers was more divided but has compromised, by allowing existing cross border traffic to continue. Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic and France opposed cross border whereas Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, UK and Germany supported cross border. 

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