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Irish truck height restriction could increase vehicles on roads, say FTA Ireland

  • 08 November 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) believes restricting vehicles to a maximum height of 4.65m in the Republic of Ireland will increase the number of trucks on the country’s roads.

In a meeting with the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on Tuesday (5 November), it called upon the committee to recommend a controlled permit regime for operators of ‘high cube’ trailers to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS).

The FTAI suggested such a regime could allow operators to use vehicles that exceed the height restriction, which came into force last week, on defined trunk roads.

It added that the regime could work in a similar way to the current abnormal loads permit currently regulated by local authorities, but stressed these should both be standardised across the country.

FTAI’s general manager, Neil McDonnell said: “While accepting the necessity for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to legislate for national vehicle dimensions, FTA Ireland was encouraged that the committee gave such an open hearing to its request for a special permit regime for designated vehicles on defined or fixed routes.”

The meeting also covered proposed amendments to EU Directive 96.53/EC. FTAI said it supported some of the proposed changes as they would encourage the use of more aerodynamicand fuel efficient vehicles, as well as safer trucks for pedestrians and cyclists.

 “The EU legislative proposal to modify weights and dimensions of heavy goods vehicles sets out to support more environmentally friendly and safer design,” said John O’Mahony, chairman of the Oireachtas committee.

Earlier this week, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee revealed proposals to ban all cross-border movements of vehicles over 4m in height.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/irish-truck-height-restriction-could-increase-vehicles-on-roads-say-fta-ireland