GIGALINER STUDY, Technical Assessment on Traffic and Infrastructure on the Swiss Road Network

The maximum authorized weights and measures in heavy goods transport are governed by law, both in Switzerland and in the European Union (EU). Within the borders of EU nations though and according to directives, the benchmark for heavy vehicles may vary. In Finland for example, vehicle combinations of 60 tons and up to a length of 25.25 meters, so-called mega trucks (Gigaliners), have been approved. As the EU is contemplating the approval of Gigaliners and standardized directives for all EU countries, the Swiss Federal Road Office (FEDRO) has commissioned a study to develop objective reasoning principles to be able to discuss the admission of Gigaliners on the Swiss road network or parts thereof. The assignment contains an analysis of the technical and traffic impact, the identification of opportunities and constraints and the definition of conditions of a hypothetical admission of Gigaliners. The results of the study show that unlimited admission of Gigaliners on the Swiss road network will not be possible due to reasons, such as road geometry, topographic specifics of Switzerland (Alps), Swiss transport policy etc. However, it would be possible to admit Gigaliners on parts of highways and motorways, providing the necessary adaptation on infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), rules and regulations.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
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  • Authors:
    • Luthi, Therese
    • Dell, Gideon
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  • Publication Date: 2012


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: 19th ITS World Congress, Vienna, Austria, 22 to 26 October 2012

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01491965
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 12:29PM