The heavy brigade

Longer, heavier vehicles (LHVs) cut the number of vehicles on the road, reducing congestion and fuel consumption and enhancing the greenness of road transport. Sweden and Finland have operated LHVs since 1970. Following the introduction of an EU regulation allowing vehicles with a length of 25.25m and weight of 60 tonnes, the Netherlands conducted extensive testing of LHVs. The vehicles are allowed solely on the motorways and specially designated routes. Drivers are carefully selected and undergo special training. In Germany there are concerns about the ability of central reservation barriers to contain the impact of LHVs and the strength of bridges. Denmark and France are also testing LHVs. A project is being conducted at TRL to investigate the impact of LHVs in the UK. The different ways the 25.25m set-up can be achieved are outlined. In the UK one operator, Dick Denby, is actively encouraging the introduction of LHVs and has built his own LHV.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 50-3
  • Serial:
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01061020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 2:03PM