This introductory paper reviews some of the basic facts and arguments. The various problems take different forms or assume different importance in different places. The situation is first considered in general terms and then specific points are reviewed in more detail. A factual description of freight transport and the use of lorries is given. Forecasts are made and the scope for influencing the future pattern of freight is discussed. The possibilities of more freight being carried by other modes, or of reducing demand are examined together with an evaluation of the optimum number of lorries needed. The responsibilities of central and local government are reviewed, and the way in which they can affect the movement of lorries is discussed. Methods of improving the performance, safety and lessening the environmental impact of lorries are examined. Factors affecting the weight and dimensions of lorries are discussed. Increases in maximum weight do not necessarily mean an increase in lorry size. Definitions of lorries and current proposals for their dimensions are included in an annex. The annex also includes statistics on freight transport and lorries, comparisons of permitted maximum weight in EEC countries, and their freight movement, forecasts of lorry traffic and an outline of current research. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department for Transport, England

    Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street
    London,   England  SW1P 4DR
  • Publication Date: 1979-9-13

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM