Germany grants LHVs access to 200 new routes

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Authorities in Germany have allowed longer-length LHV trucks to be used on 200 routes across its national road network.

On November 14th, the tenth amendment to the regulation on extended trucks entered into force in Germany. According to its provisions, the so-called Positivnetz, the road network on which extended trucks can travel without special permits, has been expanded to include another 200 routes.

Importantly, Brandenburg has made the entire road network available for the “Lang LKW” type, i.e. those vehicles with a permissible length of up to 17.88 metres.

The change was welcomed by the German transport organization DSLV:

 In order for this long truck variant to be used nationwide, the Länder of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern should quickly follow Brandenburg’s example and develop their road network and open it up to this light long truck variant.

According to Steffen Bilger, secretary of state of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), using long trucks in logistics can reduce the number of routes and fuel consumption, as two long trucks can replace three regular trucks.

This means less traffic on our roads. This solution will help make road freight transport more efficient and resource-saving, ” explains Bilger.

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