TNT Express is to trial new 15.65m trailers which it reckons will enable it to increase the payload by 15 per cent.
The trailers will be used between TNT’s UK hub at Kingsbury, in Staffordshire, and the Llantrisant depot in Mid-Glamorgan.
The trial is part of a Government initiative within the transport and logistics industry launched by Transport Minister Mike Penning, which authorises the use of longer trailers for the next 10 years.
Director of operations Simon Harper said: “It stands to reason that, with bigger loads on each vehicle, we will cover fewer miles per volume of parcels which will help with fuel consumption and reduce our C02 emissions.”
TNT is also looking at using double deck trailers, wich it reckons have offer 42 per cent more capacity than standard 13.6m trailers.