UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass has warned that mega trucks heavier than Boeing 737-300 aeroplanes will menace UK roads if stealthy moves by the European Commission stick.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, who is a member of the EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, fears 82ft long mega trucks, weighing as much as 60 tonnes, could become a reality on British roads as a result of a proposed revision of the European weights and dimensions regulations (Directive 96/53/EU).
Mr Nattrass has warned that this revision could pave the way for free movement of mega trucks by default over time across the whole of the EU despite the UK’s Coalition Government pledging to not allow such vehicles to travel on British roads.
“Despite the fact that the UK Government says it will not allow mega trucks on UK roads it will come under huge pressure from the road haulage industry to allow mega trucks on competition grounds, a case of mega trucks through the back door,” said UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass MEP.
“Already some MEPs on the European Transport Committee are calling for border restrictions to be lifted altogether to allow mega trucks to travel across the EU.
“Mega trucks will result in more fatalities, more road wear, more congestion and more pollution on British roads. I would not wish to inflict this problem on any foreign Country and by the same token these Europeans should leave us to run our own. I submit that "Truck Off" is the correct expression in this case.
“European Commission research has itself said that mega trucks are individually more dangerous that standard HGVs because of their size and scale.
“I am totally opposed to these vehicles being allowed on UK roads. These mega trucks could be significantly heavier than existing lorries and will cause extra wear and tear and damage to our roads. More freight should instead be sent by rail.
“European bureaucrats, who are pushing for this change without proper evaluation, admit they (mega trucks) are dangerous, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.”