HGV operators can now use aerodynamic technology to reduce emissions

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After regulations from the UK Government came into force this week, more environmentally conscious heavy duty goods vehicles will be allowed onto roads.

The new rules will allow haulage companies to choose vehicles with elongated cabs and aerodynamic features fitted on the back, which help reduce fuel consumption.

The design of elongated cabs also improves the driver’s vision to increase safety.

Aerodynamic rear devices are flaps which are fitted on the back of the truck’s trailers to reduce the vehicle’s drag without using up load space. They were previously not issued for use on British roads under regulations that have been in place since 1986.

The Department for Transport has now given the go-ahead for their use and has published good practice guidance on the use of aerodynamic rear devices on HGVs in urban and rural areas.

Charlotte Vere, Roads Minister “I hope operators will make use of these new regulations, introducing vehicles with these features into their existing fleets to reduce fuel consumption and boost safety, as we ‘Build Back Better’ from Covid-19.”

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