EU truck regulation needs input from those on the roads

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Transport policy debates in parliament are often led by well-educated people who unfortunately have very little understanding or practical experience of the transport sector. It’s a real shame that more MEPs aren’t ‘ordinary’ people with a working background.

This is a very interesting and revealing article about how the EU works (or rather doesn’t work), written by an MEP with experience of truck driving;

In my eyes, the most important issue when it comes to EU transport policy are cabotage rules. Cabotage allows foreign trucks to enter a country with a load, stay there for seven days and transport up to three different national loads on their way back home.

He goes on . . .

The cabotage rule is a completely worthless law, created by people who had little knowledge of the situation. It was intended to prevent trucks from driving around without a load.

Now, drivers can, for example, use the rules to cross the bridge from Sweden to Denmark – which takes 30 minutes – then go back to Sweden immediately, granting them a new seven day period and allowing them to transport three more national loads.

Bureaucrats have actually created a way of cheating the legislation.

Right now, the legislation is having a disastrous effect on companies in my home country, because they can’t compete with the firms that are misusing the rules.

Perhaps just as worrying are his closing comments;

I would also like to see longer, heavier trucks than what we currently have in Europe. Mega trucks are the perfect solution to the environmental issues caused by long-distance travel.

Trucks should carry as large a load as possible to reduce their total numbers on Europe’s roads. This system has been in place in Sweden for many years and handling a large truck is no problem whatsoever. It’s simply stupid to say no to mega trucks.

Mega trucks on UK roads? Ouch!

 

 

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3 responses to “EU truck regulation needs input from those on the roads

  1. Hey! We could test the Mega Trucks out on our roads, with a scenario as follows: 🙂

    There is a major incident , resulting in closure of the B 3411 road at a point just outside the Frimley Green Post Office, whilst the incident is being attended to. Traffic from Sturt Road jeading to Frimley Green Road is being diverted via The Green/ Hatches/Cross Lane, then back to the B3411. No other options are allowed.

    The test involves getting a minimum of three mega trucks from outside The Miner’s arms pub, on Sturt Road (B3411) to the S C Johnson Ltd roundabout , using this diversion during the rush hour. (and back again)…… and …….. without hitting anything!

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  2. problem with introducing mega trucks is ……… they wouldnt necessarily be just found on trunk roads and A roads (not that I would want that even!). Scenario above is a diversion from a B-road, and who knows what might come along! Is UKIP campaigning for a higher levy on hauliers with larger heavier vehicles, in return for road fund licence for cars getting reduced? That would be helpful., to share things out a bit, based on how much more damage to potholes larger vehicles cause! (notice, we have moved away from describing the general road surface as “a road” to now being “a series of potholes” !!!)

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