Proposal amending Directive 96/53/EC on weights and dimensions for certain road vehicles in national and international traffic

Proposal amending Directive 96/53/EC on weights and dimensions for certain road vehicles in national and international traffic

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Commission’s Proposal for amending Directive 96/53/EC on weights and dimensions for certain road vehicles in national and international traffic, published in April 2013, covers four main areas. These are:

  • Provisions for the use of aerodynamic devices
  • Allowing the use of 45-foot containers
  • Improved procedures for checking the weight of vehicles
  • Cross-border use of longer and heavier vehicles (“megatrucks”) between ‘consenting countries’

CER is mainly concerned with three aspects in particular:

  • Cross-border use of megatrucks and the negative impact this may have on rail freight
  • The use of aerodynamic devices not compromising the ability of trucks to be used in combined road-rail transport journeys
  • The distances allowed for the road sections of ‘intermodal’ journeys.