Nobody is offended when EU membership states would unanimously decide to start using Long and Heavy Vehicle combinations all throughout the European Union. That is the conclusion of a EU-study made in assignment of the European Parliament.
After the proposal of the European Commission to allow Long and Heavy Vehicles in the EU, the Parliament in Brussels was full of doubts. Therefore a study was announced to show what the consequences would be of allowing longer and heavier truck combinations on European roads.
The conclusion is that allowance of longer and heavier trucks on a large scale would not damage or offence any of the goals set by Europe to come to safer and cleaner ways of transporting goods. The contrary is the case. The study reveals that ninety percent of all goods transported on the roads in Sweden, goes by LHV. In Finland, nearly three quarters of all road going goods are transported with LHV. Hopefully the investigators realise that this means much heavier trucks in Europe. More weight is the secret of the Scandinavian success.
Still, green parties and socialists in the EU appeared critical, however there were no real aruments to be heard. Let’s see if the Parliament, after this report, will be able to set next steps to make road transport both cleaner and more efficient.