Weights and Dimensions for Heavy Goods Vehicles

Date: 15 April, 2014

The European Parliament voted on April 15, 2014 the report on weights and dimensions for heavy goods vehicles at the Plenary in Strasbourg. The Plenary adopted the report from the transport committee with 604 in favour and 54 against. The report has been long under way and the Council still need to negotiate its position, which is expected for later this year.

The positive outcome of todays vote is that the movement of modular vehicles across the orders in the Nordic countries is not limited. The present practice can continue. This has been the objective of NLA to ensure political support for this necessary confirmation. The Commission will have to present a report in 2016 on such movements, so the discussion has not finished completely.


1-0 at halftime. The Commissions report on the internal market for road transport

Date: 14 April, 2014

The Commission today published its long waited report on the internal market for road transport, including cabotage. The expectations of the report – and the knowledge obtained about the contents of the report – were discussed at a meeting between the Nordic CEOs on Friday April 11.

”Seen from a Nordic perspective the report can only be seen as a score of 1-0 at halftime in our favour. The position of the Commission and Commissioner, vice-President Kallas has moved far the last couple of years. The main conclusion of todays report is the need for a balanced approach for changing todays rules for among other things cabotage in order to secure that the rules can work an be effective. The report also recognizes problems such as letter box companies and other illegal activity in connection with establishment of companies. And last but not least the Commission recognises the need for order as concerns the social conditions to ensure fair and equal conditions between road hauliers in the EU”, comments Søren H Larsen, NLA.


Commission Releases New Data on Road Safety

Date: 30 March, 2014

The Commission has released figures showing that 2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads.  The Commissions preliminary figures, shows that the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012. These new figures puts the EU back on track towards achieving the strategic target of halving road deaths between 2010 and 2020.  Road safety is one of the big success stories of Europe. According to the Commission the 17% decrease since 2010 means that some 9000 lives have been saved.


Transport Committee Votes on Weight and Dimensions

On 18 march 2014, the European Parliament’s transport committee voted on the issue of Weights and Dimensions with 35 votes in favor, 4 against and 2 abstentions. The committee adopted all compromises proposed and article 4 of the directive about trials involving among others EMS remains unchanged.

The committee sends an important message by not restricting the basis for EMS and other road trains in cross-border movements. For the NLA, this has been a clear objective. With the agreement, the opportunities that the Nordic countries today have to use EMS in the region, seems to be preserved.