The grocery sector was likely to have been one of the main beneficiaries of such a change with a predominance of lighter products that tend to cube out on volume before reaching the weight limit. For such products, longer vehicles can be expected to deliver improved environmental outcomes and business efficiency benefits.
The trial will involve less than 2% of the trailers currently on UK roads. We believe that it is likely to become quickly oversubscribed.
We are still in discussions with our members regarding the government's position, but are sure this decision will restrict significantly the economic and environmental benefits longer trailers could have brought to the sector.
David Bellamy, environment policy manager, FDF