Acumen Distribution reckons it is saving 63,000 road miles a year in its trial of longer semi-trailers.
. It has been allocated four 15.6 metre trailers, which it is trialling in partnership with Johnson Control Automotive.
The company said the 15 per cent increase in volume enabled it to run three fewer trips per week on a regular Midlands – North East – Midlands round trip. This amounts to 63,000 road miles.
“We have been focusing on our environmental policy for a number of years and have attained ISO 19001 and ISO14001 accreditation”, said managing director Chris Doughty. “Being chosen as part of these trials has enabled us to take our environmental aspirations one step further”.
The Freight and Logistics Division of the Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned the study to examine the feasibility and impacts of allowing longer semi-trailers to operate within the British road haulage market. The primary objective of this study is to establish whether the introduction of longer semi trailers will deliver overall economic, environmental and communal benefits.