Longer vehicles in the UK?

The UK Department of Transport has released a consultation paper to investigate the reactions to its plan to increase the permitted length of articulated vehicles by two metres, thus increasing the allowable length to 18.75 metres.

Despite this increase in length, the current 44 tonne maximum gross vehicle mass would still remain, in addition to all other regulations.

The UK Department of Transport believes such an action would increase the UK’s truck fleet capacity by up to 13% and cut carbon emissions by approximately 100,000 tonnes a year.

It also said that some trucks may be permitted to use longer trailers after independent research revealed that this would cut carbon emissions without compromising safety – an action that has already been embraced in Australia for several years.

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