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Campaign to increase length of articulated lorries

By: Joe Elvin
09 March 2011

A leading logistics company is campaigning for an increase to the maximum legal lengths of trucks in the UK.

The appeal comes as a response to the latest increases in petrol tax; as it is thought that by allowing longer to operate on British roads, a long-term solution could be found to combat the increasing cost of fuel for those in logistics work.

Campaigners stated that a two-metre increase on the current 16.5 metre limit could save logistics companies up to £60,000 per vehicle over a year. They also claimed that longer vehicles would bring a 15 per cent increase in productivity, and prove to be more environmentally friendly.

Lead campaigner, Dave Rowlands, spoke to The Daily Express about the suggestions, commenting: "This new vehicle will not only take heavy vehicles off our roads but also provide significant savings and productivity improvements to the transport and haulage industry."

The Department of Transport is currently reviewing the possibility of changing the current regulations. Doing so could be prove to be a catalyst for the whole of Europe to follow suit.

According to, articulated lorries have a maximum weight limit of 40 tonnes. They can be no longer than 16.5 metres in length and 2.55 metres wide.

The current maximum length for individual trucks is just 12 metres; whilst road trains are allowed to be no longer than 18 metres in length.  

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