The DfT’s second annual report on a trial of longer semi-trailers indicates that they are operating with a lower rate of accidents than standard lorries.
The longer semi-trailer trial was launched in 2012 in a bid to reduce traffic and cut carbon emissions. Under the trial, companies can apply for a share of 1,800 allocations to operate longer vehicles until the trial ends in 2022.
The DfT report shows that to date between 600,000 and 900,000 vehicle kilometres have been saved by use of the longer semi-trailers.
The report also says that the longer semi-trailers are “operating safely, with a lower rate of injury incidents than standard lorries”.
Stephen Hammond, transport minister, said: “It is great news that these longer lorries are now delivering real results in fewer journeys, and encouraging that they have been involved in fewer incidents than standard lorries.
“Longer semi-trailers should provide significant economic and environmental benefits to the UK. The operational trial will enable the Government to look at these issues further and also represents an opportunity for industry to show the benefits these trailers can bring to the UK.”
The DfT says that the 10-year trial is expected to save more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 and deliver financial benefits of £33m.