Lorries more polluting than originally thought

12th January 2009, Comments 1 comment

A new reports says lorries cause more pollution and traffic jam than previously believed.

THE NETHERLANDS – A report published by non-profit environmental research and consultancy organisation CE Delft shows that lorries are responsible for more environmental damage and more traffic jams than previously thought. The report was sponsored by the environmental organisation Transport & Environment.

CE Delft reports that over the coming years carbon dioxide emissions from lorries will increase substantially despite all efforts and promises to achieve a reduction.

Lorries are responsible for 30 percent of all traffic jams, even though they constitute only 3 percent of all vehicles on the road. The researchers also argue that lorries cause twice as many traffic deaths compared to passenger cars.

The transport sector says it is not impressed by the report. In a reaction, branch organisations TLN and EVO said the report was "strongly biased", adding that it did no justice to the enormous progress made by the transport sector.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • HistoryTechDoc posted:

    on 13th January 2009, 12:08:14 - Reply

    I believe the reported statistics to be true and if anything understated. Unfortunately, too many lorries are on European highways during the day and not at night. I assume that this is primarily due to high non-working day hourly premiums paid to drivers, and perhaps Austria's prohibition of lorrie traffic at night.
    Night time lorrie driving is very common in the U.S. and thus makes it easier for traffic to flow in densely populated cities like Los Angeles and New York during the day. Trucks driving at night there are delivering frozen and cooled items to super markets and processing plants each morning. These deliveries require less refrigeration due to lower night temperatures; ergo lower CO2 emissions as well.
    As an example, the Dutch city of Maastricht usually has traffic on the A2 backed up for as many as 5 to 10 kilometers during the day, but during the night traffic is very light. These backups here, are primarily caused by slow moving lorries that basically freezes east-west traffic attempting to cross the city, especially during rush hours.
    I realize that there are many pros and cons to having more trucks drive at night, but hopefully any analysis would include a holistic analysis including more factors involved, such as decreased CO2 emissions caused by slow moving lorries.