Is bigger, better?

  • Is bigger, better?

    Recently SEAT, the Spanish car manufacturer and their logistics partner have road tested the extra-long ‘duo trailer’, which is 31.7m long.

    The reason for trialling this is that it is hoped that it will deliver 25% cost reduction and 20% less CO2 emissions.

    Too good to be true or the future of logistics?

    Here in the UK the Department of Transport has been carrying out trials of longer vehicles (typically 2.05m longer than standard HGV’s, so not as long as the duo trailer mentioned above) since 2012, initially a five-year trial, which has now been extended to 10 years – so their report is not due to hit the market until 2022.

    The 10-year trial is designed to evaluate the impact of LST’s on the roads of Great Britain and the role they can play in improving the efficiency of logistics.

    An interim report in September 2017 appeared to show that longer semi-trailers do reduce HGV miles, do provide environmental benefits and are at least as safe as standard HGV’s.

    At the moment, the law does not allow for trailers this long to be driven on Great Britain’s roads.  Is it time for this law to be updated?

    In the UK, almost 75% of goods movements are carried by road, surely we need to do all we can to minimise the impact of this, whilst of course ensuring the absolute safety of all concerned.

    Would LST’s be more feasible than electric vehicles?  Are they the future?

    In Europe, much longer lorries are already allowed to operate legally in Finland, Holland and Sweden.  What can we learn from their experiences?

    At Masters Logistical we await the finding of the trial with interest to ensure that we continue to be able to offer our customers the best logistics solutions – both economically and environmentally.

    To find out how Masters can help you with everything related to warehousing or logistics, please get in touch today on 01353 648222 or email us on we-can@masterslogistical.co.uk.

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