SPREADING THE LOAD OVER MORE THAN TWO AXLES

THE CASE FOR SPREADING THE LOAD OVER MORE THAN TWO AXLES FOR RATED AT UP TO 30 TONS, IS PRESENTED. A 14 TONS GROSS SIX- WHEELER CAN HAVE A PLATFORM HEIGHT 5" LOWER THAN A SIMILARLY RATED FOUR-WHEELER SO THAT LOAD-HANDLING IS SIMPLIFIED. AN ADDITIONAL AXLE CAN BE FITTED TO A STANDARD TRUCK CHASSIS TO INCREASE ITS LOAD RATING BUT MINIMUM POWER-WEIGHT RATIOS MUST BE SATISFIED. ALL TRUCKS LEGALLY APPROVED FOR OPERATION ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY MUST HAVE AT LEAST 6 BHP OF INSTALLED ENGINE POWER FOR EACH TON OF GROSS WEIGHT. SIX-WHEELERS ARE BUILT TO OPERATE AT THE PERMITTED GVW LIMIT OF 24 TONS. THEY ARE FAIRLY MANOEUVRABLE BUT THEY TEND TO 'TAKE CHARGE' ON TIGHT CORNERS. A RIGID EIGHT-WHEELER, FOR USE UP TO 30 TONS GVW, IS INHERENTLY THE SAFEST TYPE OF HEAVY TRUCK CONFIGURATION. A TABLE GIVES THE GROSS WEIGHT, WHEELBASE, BODY SPACE LADEN FRAME HEIGHT AND TURNING CIRCLE OF 24 MULTI-AXLE LORRIES.

  • Corporate Authors:

    IPC Business Press Limited

    33-39 Bowling Green Lane
    London EC19 1AH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • BUNTING, A
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 42-43
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM