Are XXL trucks coming to the Alps next?
The European Union is seeking advice on authorising "gigaliners". These 25-metre trucks are intended to promote climate protection - at the expense of rail transport and infrastructure.
More than 70 per cent of transport emissions are caused by goods transport on the road which, so the European Commission's Traffic White Paper insists, must become more resource-efficient. In concrete terms this means that either empty trips must be avoided or trucks must get longer. Gigaliners would be particularly worthwhile for haulage enterprises over long distances - but that is exactly where goods should be transported by rail. In its resolution against gigaliners, the Alpine Countries Working Group (Arge Alp) quotes a study that such long vehicles would lead to up to 13% more traffic on the roads and 15% less on the railways. In its annual report for 2012 the French Court of Auditors also warns against this contradiction in modal policies.
Schaan , LI