Bigger Not Better
Research carried out in Great Britain says there is ‘no evidence’ that long heavy lorries (sometimes known as ‘gigaliners’) are good for road freight efficiency.
The transport consultants MTRU found that, rather than reducing the number of lorries needed, all previous increases in lorry weight and size did nothing to stop larger lorries travelling longer distances with lower loads. MTRU says over a quarter of lorries are driving empty. The Commission mentions the 25.5-metre lorries in its Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan launched last month, but appears to have no plans to legislate on them.
This news story is taken from the November 2007 edition of T&E Bulletin.