The European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes (ESTA) welcomed the German authorities’ moves to consult industry associations and their members on a package of new proposed heavy transport permit regulations – but has called on the Berlin government to align them with the new rules currently being developed by Brussels.

Viktor Baumann. SPMT. Germany. 2015

Source: Viktor Baumann.

Federal and state authorities are discussing the proposals. ESTA director Ton Klijn said: “We will be seeking reassurance that new German regulations do not contradict new EU-wide rules that are already well advanced in the European Parliament. If necessary, we hope that they will amend their plans to take into account measures that have already garnered wide support across Europe, and so avoid creating unnecessary delays and uncertainty.”

ESTA is involved in the discussions in Germany through Verbändeinitiative Großraum und Schwertransporte (VI GST), an initiative that has brought together 31 economic, business and transport organisations to pressurise the German government to take urgent action to improve the difficult conditions faced by large and heavy transport in the country.