Written answers

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Haulage Industry Regulation

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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243. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the rationale for the introduction of a maximum weight limit for 5 axle rigid trucks; if his attention has been drawn to concerns within the transport industry regarding these changes (details supplied); if he will consult with industry representatives on the proposed changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40401/16]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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Being generally not suited to international transport operations, five axle non-articulated trucks (rigids) are a relatively recent phenomenon on Irish roads. Across the EU there is no maximum weight 'norm' for such vehicles and a lacuna in Ireland's Construction and Use Regulations has meant that a maximum weight limit for such vehicles has hitherto remained unstipulated.

It is precisely to correct this regulatory anomaly that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority (RSA), were tasked with analysing the pavement wear effects of this 39 tonne variant, as well as the associated vehicle standard related requirements attaching to the operation of 5 axle rigids in Ireland.

The results of TII's commissioned study concluded that, because of their shorter wheel base they impacted negatively on both our bridge infrastructure and pavements. In circumstances, where in real terms, road maintenance funding has been severely cut over successive years, it was therefore recommended that the maximum regulatory weight limit for such vehicles should be set at 36 tonnes. The results of TII's study were presented to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry and other interested industry representative bodies.

A regulatory exemption, subject to certain technical requirements and manufacturer approval, will however apply to those rigids with five (or more) axles which are in service before 1 March 2017. Separately, the RSA is working with the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) so that the registration details of the owners of 4 axle rigids who've had a fifth axle fitted under the existing arrangements, and who have not yet accurately updated their details on the NVDF, can do so by the 1 February 2017.​


Yuriy Prospera
Posted on 8 Mar 2020 5:49 pm (Report this comment)

Dear Mr. Ross,

Our company has imported two used 5 Axle rigid vehicles in to the country from Netherlands (made by GINAF TRUCKS B.V) in 2014 & 2016 and got them registered in Ireland.

Both of our vehicles where limited to use in Ireland to a certain weight by RSA & NSAI (autorisation plate fitted for 32t Gross or 46t in a combination, with GVW left blank), as there was no legislation to limit such vehicles before 01/02/2018,
and such limitation were unlawfully done. Till this day I could not get the issue sorted and get the vehicles re plaited.

At the same period of time about 300 similar vehicles was registered in the country without limitation and allowed to be used up to the manufacturer design Gross Vehicle Weight.

Kindly asking you for help to resolve this issue as the situation had a significant
damage to the business.
Supporting documents can be attached.

Best regards
Prospera Limited
Yuriy Tykhovod

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