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Freight (Road & Rail), Road safety, All of UK

Longer lorry trials will worsen UK’s road safety record

As shadow transport minister John Woodcock pointed out when the new road casualty statistics were published (ibid), the Government’s authorisation of more dangerous HGVs that are now on our roads now is shocking.

The DfT has authorised a ten-year trial of 7ft longer HGVs, which it admits will have larger blind spots, greater tail swings, are more susceptible to cross winds and have poorer turning circles. There is a subtle but significant difference between the trailers meeting existing...

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