As Britain prepares to enter the European Common Market (E.E.C.) at the beginning of next?
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Background: As Britain prepares to enter the European Common Market (E.E.C.) at the beginning of next year, strong opposition is brewing against Common Market proposals to increase the weight limit on trucks by twenty-five per cent.
Even now, as large, heavy trucks make their way from the Channel ports t the main depots in London, public sentiment has been aroused by a series of accidents and the destruction of buildings and roads shaken by the huge vehicles.
The Common Market, however, is considering raising the current weight limit from 32-tons to 40-tons -- a move opposed by Britain, Ireland, and Denmark who join the E.E.C. in a little over a month.
On Wednesday (29 November) a move supported by both major parties goes before the House of Commons in London to ban heavier trucks on British roads.
Truckers and business interests say that the higher weight limit in necessary if British goods are to remain competitive with their European counterpart. If no higher limit is allowed, all goods would have to be repacked on entry into Britain, and upon leaving.