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Lorries (Weights And Dimensions)

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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66.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what are the maximum weights and the maximum dimensions of goods vehicles permitted on British roads.

The maximum permitted weights and dimensions of goods vehicles in Great Britain are as follows: —

Weightskg (tons in brackets)
Weight transmitted by any single axle10,170(10)
Weights of laden rigid lorries:
With 2 axles.16,260(16)
With 3 axles24,390 (24)
With 4 or more axles.30,490 (30)
Weights of laden articulated lorries:
With 3 axles24,390 (24)
With 4 or more axles32,520 (32)
Weight of laden lorry and trailer32,520(32)
DimensionsMetres
Width2·5
Length—rigid lorry11
Length—articulated lorry15
Length—lorry and trailer18
Height.None

74.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans for any form of public inquiry to con- sider the question of changes in the maxi-a mum levels of lorry weights.

I am considering 1 whether to set up an independent inquiry n of some kind that might enable conflicting it evidence and views to be assessed.

75.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether the question of increased lorry weights was discussed at the November meeting of the EEC Transport Council; and if he will make a r statement.

I refer my hon., Friend to the answer I gave him on 27th; November.