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Road safety: dimensions and maximum weights authorised for both national and international journeys
This Regulation aims to harmonise the maximum dimensions authorised for national traffic and the maximum weight authorised for international traffic of road vehicles intended to carry goods and passengers.
Council Directive 96/53/EC of 25 July 1996 laying down for certain vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorised dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorised weights in international traffic [Official Journal L 235 of 17.09.1996] [See amending acts].
This Directive applies, in international and national traffic, to the dimensions of those road vehicles that are intended to carry goods (weighing more than 3.5 tonnes) or passengers (with more than 9 seats). In international traffic it also applies to the weights and certain other vehicle characteristics specified in Annex I.
Member States may not authorise the normal use on roads within the national frontiers of goods vehicles or vehicle combinations that do not display the characteristics set out in Annex I, apart from the standard relating to maximum height. Any vehicles or vehicle combinations exceeding the maximum dimensions may only be used on the roads if a special authorisation has been received.
In international traffic terms no Member State may refuse or ban the use, on its territory, of vehicles registered or placed in service in other Member States for reasons deriving from their weights and dimensions. In the case of national traffic that State may also not ban the use, on its territory, of goods vehicles registered or placed in service in other Member States for reasons relating to their dimensions. These two situations only apply if those vehicles comply with the values laid down in Annex I, which sets out the maximum weights and dimensions and the attendant characteristics.
Member States will take any action needed in order to ensure that vehicles are provided with one of the three proofs set out below:
- a "manufacturer's" plate supplemented by a plate concerning dimensions; or
- a single plate containing the data from the two plates referred to above; or
- a single document issued by the competent authority in the Member State in which the vehicle is registered or was placed in service, and which contains the same data as those on the other plates.
Some exemptions from the Directive are intended for Ireland and the United Kingdom up to 31 December 1998.
That Directive replaces the following directives:
- Directive 85/3/EEC (Official Journal L 2 of 3.1.1985)
- Directive 86/360/EEC (Official Journal L 217 of 5.8.1986)
- Directive 86/364/EEC (Official Journal L 221 of 7.8.1986)
- Directive 88/218/EEC (Official Journal L 98 of 15.4.1988)
- Directive 89/338/EEC (Official Journal L 142 of 25.5.1989)
- Directive 89/460/EEC (Official Journal L 226 of 3.8.1989)
- Directive 89/461/EEC (Official Journal L 226 of 3.8.1989)
- Directive 91/60/EEC (Official Journal L 37 of 9.2.1991)
- Directive 92/7/EEC (Official Journal L 57 of 2.3.1992).
|Act||Entry into force - Date of expiry||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 96/53/EC||17.9.1996||7.9.1997||OJ L 235 of 17.9.1996|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2002/7/EC||9.3.2002||9.3.2004||OJ L 67 of 9.3.2002|