Members' Research Service By / November 16, 2023

Revision of the Weights and Dimensions Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

Trucks and buses are responsible for 28 % of road transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 34 % of road transport nitrogen oxide emissions.

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Written by Jaan Soone (1st edition).

In July 2023 the Commission tabled a package of proposals for the greening of freight transport. Among the three proposals is one on the revision of the Weights and Dimensions Directive, which sets limits for heavy goods vehicles in international road transport. The proposal seeks to further promote use of zero-emission trucks by allowing these to exceed the standard weight limits. It also seeks to clarify the rules on use of heavier and longer vehicles in cross-border transport operations between countries where such vehicles are allowed, promote intermodal transport and simplify administrative procedures, while also improving enforcement of the rules.

In the European Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), which has appointed Isabel García Muñoz (S&D, Spain) as rapporteur. She published her draft report on 20 October 2023.


Directive of the European Parliament and the Council amending Council Directive 96/53/EC laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorised dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorised weights in international traffic
Committee responsible:Transport and Tourism (TRAN)COM(2023) 445
Rapporteur:Isabel García Muñoz (S&D, Spain)2023/0265 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Markus Ferber (EPP, Germany)
Elsi Katainen (Renew, Finland)
Ciarán Cuffe (Greens/EFA, Ireland)
Peter Lundgren (ECR, Sweden)
Kateřina Konečná (The Left, Czechia)
Ordinary legislative
procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council
on equal footing –
formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Vote in committee on draft report

Stage: Committee vote

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