FOLLOWING the successful report on the Longer Semi-Trailer trial by the Department for Transport, the Freight Transport Association is pushing the department to conclude its trial of the vehicles early to bring them into general circulation as soon as possible.

‘FTA has supported the LST trial from the start, because of the vehicles’ ability to provide improvements in road miles and emissions for freight vehicles. These claims have been borne out by this report, along with a lower accident rate than conventional vehicles.

According to the 2017 DfT Annual Report for the ongoing LST trial, up to 32.9 million vehicle kilometres and 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions have been saved by just 0.5% of Britain’s HGVs using this extra two metres in length.

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