FTA To Discuss Longer Trailers In UK

The Freight Transport Association will meet the Department for Transport (DFT) to discuss the possibilities for slightly longer and heavier semi-trailers on UK roads, according to Transport News Brief.

The move follows the UK government's rejection of 25.25m long “Eurocombi” trucks earlier this year. A joint Transport Research Laboratory and Herriot Watt University report doubted the value of Eurocombis but suggested a “modest” increase in length and weight could have worthwhile benefits.

Andy Mair, head of engineering policy, speaking at last week's FTA Fleet Engineer Conference, said the association would like more operators' views on possible 18.75m long artics, running either at 48 or 50 tons.

"It would be very helpful if people would consider these options and let us know so that the evidence base the FTA presents to government is as strong as possible," he said.

For more information, contact Andy Mair at [email protected].

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