The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has welcomed the news that the Department of Transport will allow trials of longer trailers for articulated freight lorries.
The Institute says that longer trailers could reduce the road miles for high volume light weight goods which could help to reduce carbon emissions, reduce accident rates and lower costs. For these types of goods, freight lorries often run out of capacity before they reach maximum weight levels.
The ten year trial will involve up to 1800 vehicles and should provide evidence of what will be required in future. The impact on other freight transports modes, including rail and water, will also be measured.