Lorries cause far more environmental damage and congestion than previously thought, and are twice as likely to kill than cars, according to a report published on 12 January by Transport & Environment (T&E).
Carbon dioxide emissions from European road freight are predicted to increase 54 per cent by 2030 according to the study, conducted by Dutch consultants CE Delft. It also found that lorries are responsible for 20 per cent of road congestion in the EU, despite representing just three per cent of road vehicles. Per kilometre driven, trucks were found to be responsible for twice the number of deaths as passenger cars.
The report “Are trucks taking their toll? The environmental, safety and congestion impacts of lorries in the EU” is available to download from: www.transportenvironment.org/publications