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 […]
6) Robert Goodwill MP Appointed to the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport in October 2013, Robert Goodwill has certainly had to hit the ground running. He has a flurry of controversial issues to tackle from the get-go: the cyclist versus lorry safety debate, the A14 tolling debacle, reform of the Highways Agency and the impending HGV Road Levy, to name but a few.
The European logistics director at Kimberly-Clark believes operators should push the DfT to introduce “super” semi-trailers into in its longer semi-trailer trial. Peter Surtees, European logistics director at Kimberly-Clark, was speaking after the publication of a University of Huddersfield report on high capacity vehicles (HCVs) last week. Impact Assessment: High-Capacity Vehicles, which was sponsored by the firm, claims operators could cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions by between 11% and 19% per unit of load (on a pallet/km basis) by […]
Early indications suggest that the larger 15.65m longer semi-trailer size is proving a more popular option than its 14.6m counterpart in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) ten-year trial of the new lengths, announced last December. According to the DfT, “two or three” companies have returned their allowance of the smaller 14.6m design and MT has learnt the government is now permitting firms to swap allocations them between themselves, or even give them away as long as no business trials more […]