31 Jul Commissioner Kallas provides the EC interpretation of weights and dimensions Directive
15 June 2012 – Today, the European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas provided the European Parliament and Council with an interpretation of the Directive 96/53/EC on weights and dimensions of road vehicles, particularly, on the conditions that must be met when adjacent Member States want to authorise longer trucks to cross the border between them.
The document specifies that, in order to authorise longer trucks to cross the border between countries that allow national use, specific conditions must be met:
- Member States can authorise the crossing of border in case of vehicles transporting an indivisible load, on the basis of special permits;
- If the existing infrastructure requirements allow it, two Member States can allow the crossing of border of vehicles that use the European Modular System (EMS). The international competition must not be significantly affected and the transport must remain within the two Member States;
- Member States can authorise the crossing of border of vehicles used in trials. The trial must remain local and limited in time.
Moreover, there must be no discrimination between hauliers from the Member States concerned and those from other Member States. These derogations should not lead to exceptional practices becoming the norm.
View the Kallas letter here.