TITLE

The Chancellor Gordon Brown Slips 'Heavies' into the Budget

PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown has reported that 44-ton trucks will be allowed for general operation on roads in Great Britain from the beginning of 2001. To be able to operate at 44 tons, the vehicles will have to have six axles to meet the Euro II emission standards. A target date of January 1, 2001 has been set for their introduction. Anticipating criticisms from environmental groups, the government was quick to point out that 44-ton trucks were no bigger than existing lorries, but were simply allowed to carry heavy loads. The government promised a number of measures designed to impose more stringent checks and penalties on those who operate illegally and to lessen the compliance burden on legitimate haulers to protect the competitiveness of legitimate hauliers in the country. The Freight Transport Association welcome the changes for which it has been campaigning. It estimates that allowing vehicles of the present size to be filled will cut the total vehicle fleet by between 6,000 and 9,000 vehicles and save about 500 million truck miles every year.
ACCESSION #
11646568

 

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