EEC truck makers seek standard dimensions
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• For the first time EEC vehicle makers have taken a joint stand on truck sizes and weights.
The Automobile Liaison Committee of the EEC considers that current disparities between national legislation constitute a barrier to trade which has serious consequences for both the automobile and the road transport industries. It has therefore asked the Commission to put forward legislation for the harmonization of weights and dimensions of lorries in the Community.
The Committee favours the adoption of the ISO container, 40ft. long and 30.48 tons laden weight, but this poses an acute problem because standards enforced in certain EEC member states are not uniform. So the Committee has asked the Commission to 0 fix a maximum total weight for all categories of vehicles, whether they are lorries and their trailers or articulated vehicles; El authorize a maximum load per single axle of 13 Metric tons, and in any case increase the present limit of certain member states (10 tons in Italy. Germany and the Netherlands): 0 fix the length of articulated vehicles at 20 metres; ID limit maximum total weight to 46 metric tons. The Commission has suggested 38 tons.