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Wincanton has announced plans to trial a new fleet of remotely controlled trucks as part of a drive to lower emissions and fuel costs.

The new trucks, which have been developed under the codename "Operation Biscuit", will facilitate faster fulfilment of micro-deliveries, said Wincanton, as the reduced vehicle size enables them to move between larger road users in traffic.

Wincanton said the 50 vehicles the trial will begin with will be controlled by an “advanced remote control system” at its Chippenham HQ.

The operator has released a promotional video about the new service.

Micro-fleet general manager Garry Spicer said Operation Biscuit cost in the region of £70m to develop.

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The remote controlled vehicles will ensure parcels arrive "fresher than a bunch of daisies".

Wincanton chief executive Adrian Colman said: “As the largest British logistics business, Wincanton is always looking to improve sustainability in the supply chain and help the UK lower its carbon emissions. Micro-deliveries could revolutionise how goods are transported.

“The biggest barrier to reducing CO2 emissions in the UK supply chain is congestion, and these new trucks allow us to cut through traffic jams like a knife through butter, ensuring each parcel is delivered fresher than a bunch of daisies.”

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