ESTA and Dutch member TLN have written a joint letter to the German authorities raising serious concerns about changes to the VEMAGS permit issuing system that were introduced at the end of June.
ESTA and TLN fear that the changes will raise costs, make the system more complex and bureaucratic and discriminate unfairly against foreign abnormal transport companies. The VEMAGS changes include reducing the number of permit application locations and new regulations governing margin for dimensions, weights and axle loads which ESTA and TLN believe will place a huge additional burden on the system and be bad for the environment.
ESTA also intends to lobby Dutch MEPs in the European Parliament to raise the issue in Brussels.
The VEMAGS changes came into effect on June 20.