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Shippers and forwarders protest over Alpine truck restrictions

[ March 16, 2021   //   ]

European forwarders’ association CLECAT and the European Shippers’ Council have written to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen calling for uninterrupted movement of goods over the Alps, particularly via the heavily restricted Brenner Pass.

They say that shippers and forwarders are concerned over the ever-increasing driving bans on trucks through the Tyrol region in Austria which were further extended at the beginning of this year with the introduction of the stricter night driving ban, the removal of exemptions for Euro VI trucks on the A12 Inntal Autobahn and the removal of exemptions for Euro V trucks through Tyrol during the day.

“We acknowledge that by introducing various traffic bans for heavy-goods vehicles the Tyrolean government is seeking to address the air quality concerns in the region. However, the impact of these measures for freight transport is that

CLECAT director-general Nicolette van der Jagt said that congestion during the day time has increased, leading to more emissions.

They add that while modal shift could reduce congestion and emissions, progress with upgrading rail links and the construction of the Brenner Base Tunnel has been extremely slow.

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