THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF APPLYING MINIMUM POWER TO WEIGHT REGULATIONS TO GOODS VEHICLES

THE EFFECTS OF IMPOSING A MINIMUM POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO FOR GOODS VEHICLES ARE INVESTIGATED WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE EFFECT ON THE CAPITAL COSTS OF NEW VEHICLES OF DIFFERENT SIZES BUILT TO THE NEW SPECIFICATIONS, AND ALSO THE EFFECT ON VEHICLES' OPERATING COSTS. CURRENT MODELS OF BRITISH COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ARE TABULATED BY WEIGHT, TYPE, NUMBERS OF MODELS AND AVERAGE BHP PER TON, AND PRESENT AND FUTURE POWER UNITS ARE DISCUSSED. THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE STUDY, THE EFFECT OF POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO CHANGES ON VEHICLE COSTS, IS PRESENTED IN CHAPTER 4 IN WHICH THE MAIN COST COMPARISONS RELATE TO AN INCREASE FROM 6 TO 8 BHP PER TON. FOLLOWING A DISCUSSION OF INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS, THE VALUE OF PRIVATE TIME SAVINGS IS ESTIMATED USING DATA OBTAINED IN VEHICLE TRIALS BY THE ROAD RESEARCH LABORATORY. A COMPARISON OF COSTS AND BENEFITS SUGGESTS THAT THE COSTS OF MINIMUM POWER TO WEIGHT LEGISLATION WOULD GENERALLY EXCEED THE RESULTING BENEFITS EXCEPT FOR THE MOVE TO 6 BHP PER TON, AND FOR THE MOVE TO 8 BHP PER TON FOR VEHICLES IN THE 24/5 TON GROSS WEIGHT RANGE. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Leicester University /UK

    /Economics Dept, Transport Res Unit
    ,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • SHARP, C H
    • Jennings, A
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 1972 12:00AM