THE SIGNIFICANCE OF VEHICLE WEIGHT FOR THE ROAD

BEDEUTUNG DER FAHRZEUGGEWICHTE FUER DIE STRASSE

Efforts are being made nationally and internationally to increase the following for technical and operational economy reasons: the width of goods vehicles from 2.5 to 2.6 metres, the height from 4.0 to 4.15 metres, the length of articulated lorries from 15 to 16 metres, the single wheel load from 10 to 12 tons, the permissible total weight from 38 to 44 tons. The changes are discussed with regard to their effects on road construction. Details are discussed of vehicle overloading, level of fines, actual distribution of weight on the vehicle axles and dynamic axle loads. The normal thicknesses of stabilisation in the Federal Republic of Germany are based on traffic with a maximum single wheel load of 10 tons. The cost increases resulting from greater thicknesses designed for wheel load increases from 11 to 13 tons are estimated for new construction each year at 105-263 million dm. Strengthening measures are estimated at 1000-2533 million dm. A cost-benefit analysis will be used to clarify whether an increase in permissible total vehicle weight and the extension of road transport capacity resulting from this are worthwhile or not. (TRRL)

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    Kirschbaum Verlag

    Siegfriedstrasse 28
    Bonn,   Germany  D-53179
  • Authors:
    • Becker, P H
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 95-103
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM