This paper states the case for the latest EEC suggested limit of 44 tonne in conjunction with 6 axles and an axle limit of 10.16 tonne. Although heavier lorries do not necessarily mean bigger lorries, it is suggested that the existing maximum length of 15 M should be increased by 500 mm to give extra manoeuvrability and more room for sound insulation. It is expected that the introduction of heavier lorries would accelerate the environmental improvement of lorries in terms of their suspensions, engines, braking, lighting and cab layout. The increased flexibility of a heavier lorry is illustrated together with its increased efficiency. It is also shown that, with the correct axle configuration less damage would be caused to the road structure. Increased lorry weight will not effect the rail-freight market. An analysis of the relative operating costs is given in an appendix. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Freight Transport Association

    Hermes House, St. Johns Road
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UZ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM