A STUDY OF VEHICLE ECONOMICS

THIS STUDY EXAMINES THE PROBABLE PRIVATE COSTS AND ADVANTAGES OF INCREASING THE PERMITTED MAXIMUM GROSS LADEN WEIGHT OF TRACTOR AND TRAILER VEHICLE COMBINATIONS FROM 32 TO 38 TONS. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE THE COSTS WHICH MIGHT BE IMPOSED ON OTHER ROAD USERS IF THE USE OF LARGER VEHICLES ADDED TO CONGESTION, OR ANY RESULTING EXTRA COSTS FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE. TO ASCERTAIN THE LIKELY DEMAND FOR 38 TON VEHICLES, QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT TO GENERAL ROAD HAULERS, OPERATORS OF TANKER VEHICLES, 'C' LICENCE OPERATORS AND BRITISH ROAD SERVICES, AND FOLLOWED UP WITH A SURVEY OF 'SMALL' OPERATORS. THE RESULTS ARE PRESENTED IN TABULAR FORM TOGETHER WITH REASONS FOR DECISIONS TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY 38 TON VEHICLES IF THEY BECAME AVAILABLE. OPERATING COSTS ARE CONSIDERED IN DETAIL AND INCLUDE ESTIMATES OF 'BREAKDOWN' LOADS FOR THE DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF VEHICLES AND AXLE CONFIGURATIONS. THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THERE WOULD BE A CONSIDERABLE DEMAND FOR 38 TON GROSS LADEN WEIGHT VEHICLES IF THESE BECAME AVAILABLE. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Leicester University /UK

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

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 1972 12:00AM