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No 23 (October 2000/Octobre 2000/Oktober 2000)
The Commission has decided to bring Spain before the Court of Justice because it considers that the absolute ban which that country has imposed on motorcycles towing trailers is an unjustifiable barrier to the free movement of goods and persons between Member States. The Commission, while sharing the Spanish authorities' concern for road safety, which was cited as justification for the ban, considers that road safety can be achieved by measures which are less trade-restrictive. For example, other Member States impose maximum speed limits on motorcycles with trailers or set maximum trailer dimensions or weight limits on the load which the trailers may carry.
Carlos Gimeno Verdejo
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