MEP Dubravka Šuica thanked MEPs Leichtfried and Ferber who reached an agreement on this directive and did a good job. ˝We see the extent of the heterogeneity of the European Union, the difference between Finland and the far south, while the goal is to achieve unified standards and the single market,˝ said Šuica.
˝As a member of the Committee for Environmental Protection, I am particularly happy that we will achieve significant savings and that we will protect our environment˝, Šuica followed up. Better vehicle design will result in less air resistance and thus reduced fuel consumption, which ultimately means lower greenhouse gas emissions and less environmental pollution.
Within the EU, around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport comes from trucks and buses, which is about 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions within the EU. Trucks and buses that circulate within the European Union have to adapt to certain rules related to their weight, height, width, and length in accordance to the directive. Due to the promotion of combined transport (road transport to rail and shipping), the maximum length of trucks will increase by 15 cm so that large, most commonly used containers can be transported. Until now, this was only allowed with a special permit.
˝Of course, it is not easy achieve unity due to the diversity of our economies, the different levels of business, and different infrastructures, but our goal is to achieve unity, to achieve a cross-border system. I support new technology, I support innovation, and most of all for the traffic safety. I only regret that this will only go into effect in 2020, but by then I believe that we will achieve harmonization˝, concluded Šuica.
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