David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

David Martin MEP welcomes vote to keep mega trucks off Scotland’s roads

Labour MEPs have voted today in Strasbourg to keep the UK’s roads free from mega trucks. 

Weighing up to 60 tonnes and reaching 25 metres in length, 'mega trucks' are already used for freight transportation in some European countries but are not able to cross borders. Labour today voted to maintain these strict border controls and prevent the proliferation of longer and heavier lorries in the UK.

Following today’s vote David Martin MEP added:

"Labour has always fiercely opposed allowing mega trucks to cross borders, because of our concerns about the threat they pose to road safety, especially that of cyclists.

"Labour MEPs also remain unconvinced the UK has the infrastructure in place to cope with these longer and heavier vehicles. Roads, bridges and older metal crash barriers were simply not designed for these types of monster trucks, and neither are the streets of our smaller towns and villages."

"At a time when we are trying to encourage greener freight transportation using rail rather than roads, we are concerned at the impact mega trucks would have on congestion and pollution. These 'travelling warehouses' are not fit for Scotland's roads."

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