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.
Another positive element is that the parliamentarians have voted in favour of allowing transport with 45-foot containers by road with the extra 15 cm, it entails. The transport committee has also taken a position on how to measure the total weight of vehicles at Community level. All new vehicles must, 5 years from the entry into force, be equipped with weight sensors that can be integrated with the digital tachograph, if desired. Weight sensors must not, however, constitute a sufficient basis for such penalties, but only be used as an indicator that leads to a more thorough check of the weight.
On the safety side, the transport committee has made requirements on new trucks to ensure better protection of vulnerable road users. The layout of the cab shall directly follow rules on Working environment and safety for drivers.
The Council continues to work with the Directive, while Parliament is scheduled to vote on the new rules at its plenary session in Strasbourg 15 April.