§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Minister of Transport what consultations he has had with heavy goods vehicle manufacturers, road haulage operators and trade unions about the introduction of articulated lorries of 38 or 42 tons gross weight; and whether he will make a statement.17W
§ Mr. Marsh
Engineers of my Department have been exploring, with organisations representing goods vehicle manufacturers and operators, the technical aspects of a new and more flexible system of regulating vehicle weight limits in relation to bridge capacities. Such a system, if feasible, could provide for some increases in the present gross weight limits for rigid and articulated vehicles, but the extent of the increases is undecided.
As soon as firm proposals can be formulated they will be widely circulated in the usual way for comment.