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Road Damage

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what is the relationship between vehicle size and road damage and the extent to which the damage may be diminished by distributing the load between multiple axles.

The relationship between vehicle weight and road damage is described in my Department's published note of evidence to the Armitage inquiry entitled "Effect of EEC Lorry Weights Directive on UK Road Maintenance and Construction Costs". The note considers the extent to which road damage could be reduced by the use of five and six axled vehicles from 38 to 44 tonnes, in place of four axled vehicles at existing maximum weight of 32ยท5 tonnes.