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IRU joins fight on trailer height

Geneva, Switzerland: The Freight Transport Association has won support from the International Road Transport Union (IRU)  in its fight against EU proposals to limit the height of future semi-trailers to just 4 metres.

IRU has urged European Commissioners to rethink proposals to harmonise height limits for single-deck trailers, which, industry argues, would harm industry, increase lorry miles and fly in the face of carbon reduction aims.

James Hookham, FTA’s managing director of policy and communications, said:
“IRU’s support shows that the loss of a national trailer height exemption is not just a UK issue. Far from it, the estimated cost of harmonising trailer heights in the way being proposed would amount to around €800 million every year for those affected; an additional cost that Europe could certainly do without right now.

“We have worked hard to influence the Department for Transport, MEPs and Commission officials aware of the efficiencies and carbon savings achieved in the UK through the use of ‘high-cube’ and double deck trailers and this ‘harmonisation at all costs’ attitude must be abandoned immediately.”

Earlier this month, FTA announced a 5 stage campaign plan to drive home its message, including letters to the Secretary of State for Transport and EU Transport Commissioner; briefings for MEPs; visits to UK depots for European Commission staff; a rally in Brussels and consolidating support among other member states.

Hookham said: “Our plan is already going strong and, with IRU now onside, our message will hopefully resonate even more loudly in Europe and we will see this proposal killed off before any serious damage is done.”