Timber Haulers to Protest Weight Limits ({{commentsTotal}})

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Long columns of trucks are likely to line Estonia's roads on March 2 as drivers protest weight limits put on timber haulers.

The demonstration, which is being organized by the Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises, is slated for four locations throughout the country - Tartu, Pärnu, Imavere and Kunda. In each location the union hopes to line the side of the road with a 40-strong column of trucks.

The drivers are protesting the 44-ton weight limit currently applied to six-axle vehicles, which they say causes unnecessary financial burden, as well as the increased traffic and greater environmental impact of more trucks on the road.

Union director Villem Tori told ERR News that haulers have spent ten years trying, without success, to get the limit raised. He said the protest is aimed at calling attention to the issue.

Research carried out in 2010 by the University of Life Sciences, Tartu University and the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences concluded that the increased weight would not cause structural damage to roads, according to a statement on the union's website.

Tori said the protest action was originally planned for February 28, but that it was postponed because the union did not receive the necessary police permits.



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