The Department of Transport has launched two consultations on introducing longer good vehicles, which increase productivity and reduce carbon emissions, permanently to the UK’s roads.
Longer good vehicles can carry three more rows of supermarket goods cages on each journey compared with existing trailers, with a rollout trial revealing they saved lorry drivers travelling millions of miles, therefore cutting emissions and boosting productivity.
The vehicles involved in the trial have saved lorry drivers 33.5 million miles and 48,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the road.
The government has now proposed to end the trials early and, through today’s consultation, seek views on whether longer good vehicles should be allowed to permanently operate on roads across the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Our freight industry keeps the country moving, delivering vital goods and services every single day – which, as we all know, has never been more important than it is now, during the pandemic.
“These trials clearly show the benefits for business and the environment of using longer trailers. By determining the next steps to get them on our roads permanently, we can benefit industry and our economy, boost safety and cut emissions.”