Operators will be kicked off the 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers (LST) if they attempt to sell their allocation, the DfT has warned after at least one participant tried just that. In a letter sent to trial participants this summer seen by MT.co.uk, former transport minister Mike Penning said he was pleased with the progress operators in the trial had made, but was concerned that companies were considering putting their longer semi-trailers allocation up for sale. Penning wrote on the […]
DHL Supply Chain is to put 14.6m longer semi-trailers into service on 50 Lidl delivery routes across the UK.
A new report claims UK operators could make significant savings if they were allowed to add overlength vehicles to their fleets. A new study published last week suggested that allowing the use of ‘super’ semi-trailers could save the haulage industry £226m a year in reduced running costs. Such findings appear to strengthen the economic argument for the use of longer vehicles, but the study also puts forward a case for ‘super semis’ on safety and environmental grounds. The report, Impact […]
Tesco has taken delivery of 25 new refrigerated longer semi-trailers in order to help it achieve its aim of reducing carbon emissions. It will operate the new trailers from its RDCs in Avonmouth, Livingston and Peterborough, and each can carry six more cages than a standard 13.6m trailer. Tesco fleet engineering manager Cliff Smith said: “That represents an increase in productivity of more than 13%, so the potential benefits in terms of reduced vehicle movements and lower emissions are obvious.” […]