THE PROBLEM OF THE HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE AND THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM

The author tries to identify the problems and assess the relative importance of various solutions and possible developments. The detrimental effect of the hgv on the environment is increasing and will become even greater if gross vehicle weight is increased. There is a need for a co-ordinated programme effectively implemented by a central body. It must be realised that the lorry is an essential part of life in the U.K. and its running costs are borne by the public as a whole. Care must be taken when applying the controls recommended by the Dykes Act. Suitable alternative routes that are acceptable to drivers, well signposted and tested beforehand must be provided. Off street parking must be considered. The author suggests that a strong lead is needed from those responsible for operating road transport, planning and operating highways. Growth in the number and size of hgv seems inevitable and indecisive action will lead to a demand for severe restraints which could cause the whole nation to suffer. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Municipal Engineers

    25 Eccleston Square
    London SW1 V1NX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Ratliffe, B G
  • Publication Date: 1976-11

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  • Accession Number: 00149087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1977 12:00AM