Fakenham-based Jack Richards now has added two 15.65m trailers to the three it already has in operation as part of the Department for Transport’s trial of longer semi-trailers.
It has invested almost £250,000 in the five trailers. Dominic Purslow, depot principal, said: “This has been a massive investment for us but the return is huge, as we now have the ability to carry more pallets on fewer journeys. To put the savings into context, the extra capacity in every three 15.65m trailers we run means we can remove one equivalent trailer off Britain’s roads, which is a significant saving. We’re delighted with the results of the trial which could potentially be game-changing for hauliers and the wider logistics industry.”
The DfT initially launched the ten-year trial, open to any haulage operator or road transport operator in 2012, and operators were recently invited to bid for a remaining share of the allocation.
In agreeing to take part in the research project, Jack Richards’ usage and performance of its new longer Semi-trailers is monitored and evaluated by DfT’s contractors on a monthly basis.