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16 October 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:56 GMT+2



September 26, 2018

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The UIRR rejects the appeal of 17 German associations for the increase to 44 tons of the gross heavyweight class of the trucks

The Union denunciation that, if received, such proposal would have the effect to damage the same arranged transport

The UIRR, the international union of the enterprises of the section of the arranged transport road-railroad, has rejected the appeal launch from 17 German associations of the industrial field, than together they appoint to a job 1,2 million people and they generate a annual turnover of 617 billion euros, so that in Germany it is raised by 40 to 44 tons the gross heavyweight class of the trucks employed on the street drafts that take part of the nets of arranged transport.

According to the German associations, the benefits deriving from the increase of this limit would be numerous, beginning from the decrease of the number of transports, with a consequent reduction of the fuel burnup, a decrease of the emissions of co2 and with a meaningful contribution to the attainment of the climatic objectives, let alone with a mitigation of the problem of the characterized leading increasing deficiency of.

Moreover, second the 17 associations, this would have positive repercussions on the ability to the highway net, that it has already reached its limit and that often is congested, on safety, with a reduction of the risk of incidents, and on the competition, diminishing the distortion of the competition with the majority of the bordering nations of the EU relatively to the authorized all up weight. The German associations have emphasized, moreover, than many commercial vehicles they are already apt to a transport with gross weight of 44 tons, while up to now these means are underused, and that the increase of the limit will not for infrastructure involve ulterior meaningful burdens of transport, in particular for the bridges.

Answering to this appeal the UIRR it has evidenced that the European directive n. 719 of 2015, to the aim to promote the intermodal transport, tons of the total gross weight of 40 tons for vehicles used for the arranged transport grant already a 2-4 increase, it repeals in part - it has found the Union - granted in consideration of the reduced length of the street drafts of transport arranged and therefore with a consequent not excessive damaging of the roads determined from the increase of the limit.

The UIRR has emphasized that the German associations, instead, do not take in consideration that a generalized increase of the weight limit would cause an exponential increase of wear of the roads and the bridges and has denounced that, moreover, the position paper of these associations it does not take even in consideration the consequent increase of the highway tolls.

The UIRR has specified that, if received, the proposal of the German associations would have also the effect to damage the same arranged transport as the additional weight that would be necessary for the employment of the intermodal technologies would involve a decrease of the net weight of cargos to transport with the arranged modality, net weight that would turn out inferior to that allowed with the pure street transport. This - it has observed the Union - is unacceptable as it would determine a reversal of the modal transfer, with cargos of heavier raw materials, included goods dangerous ones, that they would be diverted by not street modalities of transport to the transport on the road.

The UIRR therefore has invited the politicians of Germany and also those of other European Countries to reject the proposal of the German associations.

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