N After information from the South Germans, both associations filed a suit against the approval of so-called gigaliners for regular traffic in Germany in Berlin on Tuesday (April 4th, 2017). Officially, the associations want to present their lawsuit on Wednesday.
The plaintiffs believe that Dobrindt's approval violates EU law, which only allows unlimited tests. Critics fear new problems on German roads with the large vehicles. But there is also resistance in terms of transport policy. The use of such trucks on a larger scale would hit rail traffic hard because even more traffic could migrate to the road. However, new losses could further accelerate the downward trend of the already ailing freight railways in Germany.
Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt had basically approved regular operation for gigaliners on certain parts of the German road network at the beginning of the year. You can drive on more than 10,000 kilometers of road - especially on motorways.