DfT launches study into bigger UK trucks

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The Department for Transport has commissioned a new study into the possibility of increasing the length and weight allowance for UK trucks.

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) along with the Logistics Research Centre and Heriot-Watt University will carry out the research which will examine the potential role of longer and heavier trucks on the UK road network.

In the UK, the maximum goods vehicle weight is 44 tonnes, but some countries around Europe already permit longer and heavier goods vehicles. Vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes and 25.25 ms long operate in some EU countries.

The new project will assess whether the UK needs longer and heavier trucks and evaluate the potential economic, safety and environmental impact.

It is expected that the findings from this work will be available by the middle of next year.

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