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What are mega trucks, why do we have to prevent them, and how can organisations from all over Europe help? Find out more in this short summary. The texts are linked to more detailed information.


No mega trucks in Europe!

The European Commission and some member states consider to allow longer, heavier vehicles. If the EU is giving the go-ahead, then mega trucks will drive through all European countries – if they want them or not.


This website has been set up by the NO MEGA TRUCKS alliance to inform people about the dangers that mega trucks pose for traffic safety, for the environment and for public finances. The initiators are the environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Europe, the European Automobile Clubs (EAC), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the German Pro-Rail Alliance (Allianz pro Schiene).


Take a stand

Organisations have the opportunity to take a stand against mega trucks by adding their names to the public list of mega truck opponents. This list will show transport ministers and politicians in Brussels that organisations from all European countries and from all sectors of society are against the introduction of longer and heavier vehicles.


25 meters long and up to 60 tons of weight

Longer and heavier trucks (LHVs) are known by several harmless sounding names – Gigaliner, EuroCombi, EcoLiner, innovative commercial vehicle. A lot of names that all have just one purpose: increasing the permitted dimensions and weight of heavy goods vehicles right across the European Union. If manufacturers and major road haulage companies get their way, these trucks will measure 25.25 metres and weigh up to 60 tonnes.


A mammoth – a longer and heavier vehicle weighs more than a passenger jet.


Mega trucks are a threat for the people of Europe

Longer and heavier vehicles are a danger to the safety of all road users. LHVs will damage the environment because they will lead to more truck journeys. And they will cost taxpayers billions of euros because Europe's roads were not designed for such monsters. In short: mega trucks are dangerous, environmentally damaging and expensive.



Even today, a fifth of all traffic accidents resulting in fatalities involve HGVs. It is obvious that accidents will be even more severe if heavier trucks are involved. In addition, longer goods vehicles are a traffic hindrance. They will make overtaking more difficult and will take longer to clear road junctions. In short: they will increase accident risk for all road users.

A mega truck blocking a crossroad in Stuttgart

Blocked: a mega truck in Stuttgart, Germany. Longer vehicles need more clearance time and space on junctions and railway crossings.

Allianz pro Schiene/Pressefoto Kraufmann & Kraufmann


Environmentally damaging

More freight per goods vehicle – according to the road freight lobby, LHVs would mean fewer truck journeys and therefore be good for the environment and reduce CO2 emissions. The fact is however that mega trucks will lead to increased volumes of traffic and therefore more damage to the environment. Longer and heavier vehicles will take transport off the environmentally friendly railways and shift it on to the roads, with all the negative consequences for people and the world they live in. It would result in millions of additional trucks journeys on Europe's roads and would be a disaster for the environment.


Absolute CO2 emissions in transport
schematic representation


Longer and heavier trucks will reduce the cost of road freight transport. This will lead to HGV traffic growth and therefore increased emissions



Bridges, tunnels, crash barriers, parking facilities, railways crossings – Europe's road network was neither designed for 60 tonne vehicles nor for a mega truck's length of over 25 metres. The cost of upgrading roads to cope with mega trucks, and for repairing the damage they cause, would amount to billions. Who would pay? The taxpayer of course.


“All in all, longer and heavier vehicles would not contribute to the development of sustainable freight transport. Their use would reduce the burden on neither the environment nor on road infrastructure. On the contrary, it has to be assumed that it would result in additional safety risks and – from an environmental point of view – a negative shift in freight transport from the railways on to the roads.”


Federal Environment Agency (Germany), March 2007


Independent research

Chart with a pen

© VladimirCetinski

The conclusions of several independent scientific studies could not be clearer: Gigaliners would not be a contribution towards sustainable transport. Gigaliners are entirely contrary to the goals of more traffic safety and more environmental protection. They are the very opposite. They will have negative consequences for the environment and traffic safety and last but not least for public finances.