BREAKABLE LORRIES SOLVE CITY CENTRE PROBLEMS

DETACHABLE TRAILER SYSTEMS FOR LORRIES ARE DESCRIBED. THE SIZE OF LORRIES IS RESTRICTED IN CITIES SO A METHOD OF REDUCING THEIR SIZE AFTER LEAVING A MOTORWAY IS ATTRACTIVE. THE 'DRAWBAR OUTFIT' FEATURES A LORRY PULLING AN EXTRA TRAILER. AN ARTICULATED LORRY IS RESTRICTED TO 15M IN LENGTH BUT A DRAWBAR OUTFIT CAN BE 18M. BY DROPPING THE TRAILER AT A DEPOT, TO BE PICKED UP BY A SEPARATE TRACTOR, BOTH HALVES ARE WITHIN THE 12M LENGTH LIMIT IMPOSED IN SOME CITIES. CRANE FRUEHAUF ARE PROMOTING TWO TRAILERS PULLED BY A SINGLE TRACTOR. THIS TRAILER SYSTEM INCLUDES CLOSED CIRCUIT TV FOR REVERSING. AT PRESENT THIS SYSTEM IS ILLEGAL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BUT LEGAL IN SOME OTHER COUNTRIES. IN THE USA, LORRY PARKS ARE PROVIDED AT SOME MOTORWAY EXITS TO PERMIT MULTIPLE TRAILERS TO BE DIVIDED UP AND CRANE FRUEHAUF WOULD WELCOME THIS IN THE UK. THE DOUBLE TRAILER IS NOT ECONOMICAL FOR MANY USES BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT UK LIMIT OF 32 TON TOTAL WEIGHT. THERE IS PRESSURE TO INCREASE THIS LIMIT TO 40 TONS.

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  • Publication Date: 1974-6-27

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 761
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 62
    • Issue Number: 903
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081217
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1975 12:00AM