The industry is disappointed over new overtaking bans for trucks
Today, it is prohibited for trucks to overtake on a total of 230 kilometers of motorway in Denmark, and soon another 270 kilometres are added. This was just stated by the Danish Road Directorate.
The industry has a clear expectation of being involved in making such decisions. Not only, because the industry in an expert monitoring group has, for several years, worked together to find flexible and realistic solutions providing space for all road users including trucks, it is stated by the members of the expert monitoring group.
The Danish Road Directorate’s expert monitoring group counts 3F, Dansk PersonTransport, DI Transport, DTL, FDM, FDL, Danish Road Safety Agency, ITD, Danish National Police and the Danish Road Directorate. The group has continuously kept an eye on experience in the current overtaking bans.
Experience and statistics clearly indicate that rush hour today, defined as being between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. on working days, is not necessary the same everywhere and on all weekly working days, and a solution must be found for this.
But, none of the investigations performed till now indicate that a doubling of the road sections with overtaking bans solve the congestion challenges on the motorway net – on the contrary you risk too long sections to create bumper-to-bumper traffic, in worst-case scenario making the problem even bigger, the industrial organisations believe.
The introduction also occurs at a time where the industry is under pressure by both lack of truck drivers and lack of rest areas for taking their breaks. When we know that the proposal will not benefit the traffic flow appreciably, we are very skeptical of the proposal which once more will reduce productivity and flexibility in the transport industry.
Before the Danish Road Directorate starts using means on putting up new signs with overtaking bans on more motorway sections, the industry recommends that the expert monitoring group is called to a meeting.