The Danish EMS (European Modular System)

​An EMS road train (Modulvogntog) is up to 25.25 m long and is coupled by 2 or 3 devices such as truck, trailer, pull, trailer or cart. EMS-vehicles may have a maximum total weight of 60 tons.

The purpose of the EMS is to improve productivity, traffic safety, environment and road capacity. 
The Danish Road Traffic Act § 70a authorizes the Minister of Transport to outline provisions for EMS-vehicles and define a permitted road network. The Minister of Transport has delegated the responsibility for the approval of the vehicles to the Traffic Authority (Færdselsstyrelsen) and the approval of the road network to the Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet). 

The vehicles 
There are 4 categories of EMS-vehicles. The 4 categories have slightly different handling characteristics and sizes. "Order on vehicles in tests on modular" define the design, equipment, loading condition, weight and dimensions, etc. for the EMS-vehicles.

Today there are close to 1000 EMS-vehicles in Denmark 

Routes for the EMS
Before a route can be used by the EMS it must be approved by the Danish Road Directorate and admitted to the "Order on the road, etc., where driving with EMS vehicles are allowed". 

A route can only be approved when the EMS can drive safely and in accordance with the Road Traffic Act. To make this possible, it is often necessary to be carried out reconstruction of intersections and roundabouts.  

Virtually all state roads are currently approved for the EMS. Besides the state roads over 400 km municipal roads are approved for EMS-vehicles. The road network provides access to over 200 locations across the country. An overview of this can be seen on the Danish Road Directorates map of routes included.

Experience ​​
An evaluation of the EMS trial in Denmark form 2011 can be found on Evaluation (English)​.
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