Harlequin Logistics is now running about a dozen 15.65m trailers on its Kellogg’s operation, as part of the government’s 10-year trial of longer semi-trailers. Four of the five members of the year-old haulier consortium – Currie European, John Raymond Transport, Jack Richards & Son and Prestons of Potto – are running the longer trailers for the cereal giant, shipping loads from Manchester throughout the UK. The 3.04m-high SDC Trailers can carry 60 pallets rather than the normal 52, said Currie’s […]
Producing a 15.65m longer semi-trailer that complies with manoeuvrability rules is one thing; building one that is a genuinely practical, real-world proposition is a different matter. So says Professor David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cambridge and director of Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC), a collaboration between the university and industry.
Currie European’s MD said it had been focusing on customer and route profitability during 2016, in order to mitigate limited success in increasing its rates.
A website for operators keen to swap or acquire rights to operate longer semi-trailers has been launched by the RHA. The longer semi-trailer permit exchange information board is free to use, and is non-profit making. Jack Semple, RHA policy director, tells MT that companies can make requests either in confidence through the RHA or advertise their identity online. “The RHA hopes the service will enable firms that do not currently have longer semi-trailer allocations to acquire them as well as […]