Friday, July 22, 2011

Freight Transport Association Concerned over Trailer Height Limit Proposals

Calls for Operators to Add Their Voices
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed concerns over European Commission proposals to limit the height of UK trailers. According to the trade body many of its members, particularly those in the parcel, retail and bakery transport sectors, would be negatively impacted by the proposals and the FTA is asking operators for evidence to support its call to protect the current systems which gives UK operators the right to operate trailers above four metres.

Andy Mair, FTA’s Head of Engineering Policy, said:

“All the evidence points to the fact that many significant operators in the UK use trailers that would be outlawed if EC proposals went ahead; the cost-saving and CO2 benefits of higher trailers would be lost too.”

The EC’s proposal on masses and dimensions for type approval (which ensures that manufacturers of vehicles comply with certain safety and environmental standards) threatens to remove the existing derogation which allows vehicle and trailers in the UK to be set at over 4 metres.

Following intensive lobbying, the FTA was encouraged when the EC announced it would consider lifting the height limit to 4.88m for double-deck trailers. However, they believe that this does not go far enough.

Mair added that:

“The truth is that there is a substantial chunk of our logistics sector that operate trailers over 4.88 metres. Ideally, we would like the height limit for all trailers, not just double-deck, to be set to at least 4.95m.”