DfT hails longer semi-trailer success

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a report looking at the first two years of the longer semi-trailer (LSTs), which says their introduction has lowered carbon emissions and improved operational safety.

613 LSTs are in operation – approximately 100 14.6m variants and the rest 15.65m – with the planned total allocation being 1,800.

76 operators are using LSTs at the moment, with over 50 more having placed orders to a manufacturer under vehicle special orders (VSOs).

 The report states that an estimated 608,128 net vehicle kms have been saved through use of the LSTs over the past two years. Since the trial began no fatal accidents have been recorded involving LSTs, and just two seirous injuries – proportionally less than for traditional articulated trailers.

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