Sweden to increase maximum weight to 64 tonnes

The Swedish Government has agreed to increase the maximum Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) for heavy trucks from 60 to 64 tonnes, starting in June.

“The transport system needs to be continuously streamlined to meet the needs of industry, businesses and travelers,” the Government said in a press release. “At the same time, emissions of carbon dioxide should be decreased.”

“An effective, sustainable and efficient transport system is an important part of Sweden’s [goal] to achieve the EU's lowest unemployment by 2020 while reducing environmental and climate impacts,” Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure, Anna Johansson commented – adding that the Swedish Transport Agency was now reviewing options to run even longer and heavier combinations in the future.

At the moment, many an industry organization favours a 74-tonne weight limit.

The change will be effective from 1 June 2015.

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