This article considers alternatives to the articulated vehicle when very heavy lorries are needed by an operator. Articulated vehicles are now meeting some serious competition from other types of vehicle since recent relaxations in the law have made 24-ton rigid six wheelers and 28 and 30-ton rigid eight wheelers a practical proposition. These new vehicles will prove very useful to tipper operators who require a great deal of traction from a vehicle coupled with a large payload. The other competitor is the wagon and trailer outfit. This has advantages in total deck length, is usually quicker to load and incurs less tax than the same weight of articulated vehicle. The cost per ton of payload for a normal 32-ton artic, run for 30,000 miles per annum is under 1.25p. However, once the the annual mileage reaches 50,000, the fuel cost has taken over from the drivers wage as the most important single constituent in these costs. Cost calculations indicate a small margin in favour of the arctic but the results are so similar that the choice of vehicle should be based entirely on traffic considerations. /TRRL/

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    Publications (London) Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Simpson, J D
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Pagination: 3 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099726
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM