News Digest Item
04 Jan 2017

“Giga-Lorries are a logistical error”

The transport ministry’s decision to allow super-long lorries onto German roads this year might save fuel but does not benefit the environment in the long term, writes Richard Rother in a commentary for left-wing daily He argues the main advantage for logistics companies is that only two drivers are needed instead of three to do the same work. “By lowering personnel and other costs, transport by lorry becomes even more attractive, while rail freight transport is left behind […] it is wrong to privilege lorries at the expense of other modes of transport.”

Read the commentary in German here.

Find background in the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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