Keep megatrucks off our roads says Euro MP from Golborne
12:10pm Friday 18th January 2013 in North West
THE prospect of monster trucks being let loose on Britain's roads is a frightening one says Golborne Euro MP Brian Simpson, the chairman of the European Parliament's transport committee.
Mr Simpson has raised concerns over the possibility that 'mega trucks' weighing as much as 60 tonnes and measuring 25 metres in length may soon be used to transport goods in Britain.
Such giants can currently be used in some European countries but are not allowed to cross national borders.
He said: "I'm yet to see a convincing argument for the use of what can only be described as 'travelling warehouses', which hurtle along highways increasing carbon emissions, contributing to congestion and raising serious questions about road safety."
In a debate in the European Parliament Mr Simpson reiterated his opposition to mega trucks, arguing that the current rules should be upheld so that the UK is able to maintain its present weight and length limits for lorries.