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EcoCombis soon to be allowed on Flemish motorways

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Longer and heavier trucks, so-called Ecocombis pr “super trucks”, will soon be allowed to drive on highways in the north of Belgium and on other defined routes, says the Flemish Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts. In fact, a first pilot project was launched in July 2014, allowing these mega trucks to use a fixed route.

The second pilot project, which was approved by the Flemish government last month, is awaiting the approval of the Council of State. It is expected to start on 1 January next year and last for seven years.

In the second pilot project, EcoCombis will be able use a larger road network, including parts of motorways and other roads close to port facilities. Cross-border travels will also be tested.

Ecocombis, which are also in tested in Wallonia, are longer and heavier than ordinary trucks and can reach a length of 25.25 meters and a weight of 60 tons. Opponents to EcoCombis find the name misleading.

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times