Longer trailer trial will provide £33m boost to UK haulage industry

12th October 2011

The government is set to allow some haulers to use longer trailers in a bid to further the growth of the industry.

Following the completion of a consultation on plans to allow a two metre increase in the length of articulated lorries, the Department for Transport has announced that 1,800 extended trailers will be used on the UK's roads as part of a ten-year trial.

The length of 900 trailers will be increased by 2.05 metres, while the remaining 900 will see an increase of one metre.

It is expected to provide a £33 million boost to the haulage industry as the longer vehicles will have 13 per cent more loading space, although wear on tyres could increase as more strain is placed on fewer trucks.

Roads minister Mike Penning claimed the road haulage industry is vital to the growth of the UK economy.

He said: "By allowing companies to use one truck where they may have previously needed to send two, we can help the sector improve efficiency and save money – which should in turn benefit consumers."

Following the changes, the total permitted length for articulated lorries would reach 18.55 metres. 

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