In various discussions with a variety of different European representatives and delegates of the Transport Committee, the forwarder Siegfried Serrahn, together with Kögel, explained the advantages of the trailer extended by 1.3 metres (total combined length 17.80 metres) as compared to the Long Truck Total combined length 25.25 metres) using a scale model. All participants in the discussions were enthusiastic about the moderately extended semi-trailers as an innovative commercial goods transport concept.
Markus Ferber, Member of the European Parliament, Siegfried Serrahn and Volker Seitz, Director Business Development at Kögel, spoke in Brussels with the responsible high-level representatives of the European Commission, namely the General Director Mobility and Transport DG MOVE.
This was followed by meetings with the Parliamentary Spokesman of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, Ismail Ertug, from the S&E Group, as well as the European Delegate of the EPP Group, Dr. Dieter-Lebrecht Koch and Jens Gieseke, who is also a member of the Environmental Committee. Mr Serrahn and Mr Seitz indicated the benefits of the trailer, extended by 1.3 metres: Having a length of just 17.80 metres, the extended semi-trailer combinations are more than seven metres shorter than the long truck and offer up to seven tons more payload than these. Extended trailers are particularly economical and environmentally-friendly in comparison with conventional semi-trailer combinations, because of the increased volume of up to 10 cubic metres. With stacked loading this allows you to transport up to eight more pallets, for example. This results in a substantial reduction in fuel consumption per pallet transported, in addition to the reduced traffic load. The ten percent lower CO2-emissions as compared with a standard trailer is confirmed by RWTH Aachen. A trailer extended by 1.3 metres also has a positive effect on road safety and does not need any additional investment in infrastructure: Existing parking spaces and emergency lay-bys can continued to be used without modification.
Gesine Meißner, from the ALDE Group, the European Delegate to the Transport Committee, also reaffirmed her support for this concept during a dinner discussion.
"In the discussions, both the representatives of the European Commission and the members of the European Parliament characterised the extended trailer as a fantastic compromise for innovative commercial goods transport of the future because it fulfils all the relevant requirements: sustainability, inter-modality, CO2reduction and public acceptance", said Volker Seitz.