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Mega trucks banned from international journeys

Transport ministers across Europe have voted to ban so-called mega trucks from crossing borders.

The EU Council agreed backed the European Parliament, which earlier this year rejected trans-country journeys by oversized lorries.

Such mega trucks can be up to 25m long and weigh up to 60 tonnes. They are being trialled in some countries, including Germany.

Freight on Rail, whose members include union RMT and Network Rail, claimed mega trucks posed more danger than train transport.

Manager Philippa Edmunds said: “International use of mega trucks could result in more road fatalities, increased road congestion, pollution and road damage as well as undermining rail freight: the low carbon, energy efficient and safer alternative.”

Should mega trucks be allowed on UK roads? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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  • Yes, we should also ban very heavy trucks from our roads and get them back on the railways. It would save the roads and save the railways. It will also cut down on unnecessary congestion on many unsuitable roads.

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