Trial leads to reduction in lorry journeys on UK roads

A pilot scheme on Britain’s roads has seen a reduction of up to 90,000 lorry journeys, leading to cleaner air and reduced congestion.

The government’s trial project – using longer semi-trailers to transport goods between warehouses and depots has saved up to 10.6 million vehicle kilometres and is cutting the number of lorries on our roads.

The scheme, which involves approximately 1,800 trucks, is expected to save over 3,000 tonnes of CO? emissions, meaning cleaner air for the public.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “Lorries are the engine of our economy and this pilot scheme is helping hauliers deliver the day-to-day goods we need more efficiently.

“This is good news for consumers, a boost for motorists as it is helping cut congestion with fewer vehicles on the road and it is also helping the environment.”

The economic benefits of the project are estimated at £33 million over the next 10 years, with British hauliers saving up to one in nine journeys with their lorries that are up to 15% longer than standard 13.60 metre vehicles, cutting costs.

Despite the bigger size, they will still meet the existing manoeuvrability requirements and maximum weight limit of 44 tonnes for 6-axle vehicles.

The government is currently seeking views on extending the trial.

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