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Government wants longer trucks

Published to the CV Show website on
04/04/2011

The UK Department for Transport just launched a consultation to test reactions to its plan to allow longer artics.  The aim is to increase their length by two metres to 18.75m but keep the 44 tonne top weight.  The DfT says this could increase the UK's truck fleet capacity by 13% and cut carbon emissions by "around 100,000 tonnes a year.  The maximum length for a drawbar rig would remain at 18.75m.  Some industry observers said they were surprised by the timing of the move as the European debate on type-approved trailer dimensions is still unresolved and could still lead to a four metre goods vehicle height limit across the European Union.
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