Freight transport is forecast to rise by 50% between 2000 and 2020. This means another 300,000 heavy long-haul commercial vehicles on the road, with obvious effects on congestion and the environment if nothing is done.
The European Modular System is designed to deal with the effects: already in use in Sweden and Finland, it introduces longer vehicles to cut congestion and pollution on selected roads. It has been partly introduced in Denmark; is tested in the Netherlands and underway in Germany; and is being discussed in Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Norway. A Europe-wide implementation of EMS could have a huge impact, and we would like to see it developed as part of the European co-modal transport framework.