This article hails the British regulations which came into force on May 1, 1983, providing for key changes in heavy lorry operation. The maximum weight of a lorry increases from 32.5 tons on 4 axles to 38 tons on 5 axles. The new vehicles have an increase in total length of 0.5 meter (about 18 inches), but the length of the semitrailer is not increased and is restricted for the first time. Various new on-board requirements to improve safety include rear under-run protection, sideguards, noise control, braking requirements, and spray protection. It is felt that heavier lorries will produce benefits to both the economy and the environment of Britain by moving goods more cheaply and operating fewer lorries.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southern Africa Commercial Travellers Association

    Box 828
    Cape Town,   South Africa 
  • Authors:
    • Simpson, J
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 4-6
  • Serial:
    • On the Road
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Southern Africa Commercial Travellers Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00384519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 635
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM