Press release on the cross-border operations of Modular Concepts
Directive 96/53/EC allows cross-border operations of modular concepts in
CLECAT issues today a position paper that examines the consolidated text of the Council Directive 96/53/EC laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorized dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorized weights in international traffic, with a view to understanding its impact on the circulation of European Modular System (modular concept) combinations in the European Union.
By performing a rational analysis of Directive 96/53/EC in line with the spirit of the original intention of the legislation, the
Mr Back observed that “after reading this interpretation one is surprised that the strong emotions felt by some stakeholders made it possible for some to read this directive in a way that was clearly never meant”.
Mr Sorgetti added that “we can only hope the institutions will now take the view that there is no harm for member states to allow the use of these vehicle: this will contribute to reducing emissions that are a very serious problem and eventually provide some extra efficiency in our multi-modal operations, which are likely to greatly benefit from these combinations that are perfectly suited to intermodal transport.”
The position paper can be consulted at the following link:
The Road Transport Institute of Clecat, after the endorsement of the interpretation, took the view that this position paper be open to further signatures of stakeholders who share the same views on this interpretation of Directive 96/53/EC. All interested parties are welcome to take contact with the Clecat secretariat.
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Mr Marco Sorgetti