29 Apr '16, 8am

We're saying #NoLongerLorries in London. Here's why we oppose government trials of extra-long #Lorries

Data collected during a partial demonstration of the new longer vehicle at the Department for Transport (DfT) testing facility MIRA at Nuneaton, Warwickshire on 14 April showed the rear tail-swing when turning corners was significantly greater than normal HGVs, up from 1.7m (5.5ft) to 3.3m (10.8ft) under normal road conditions. Campaign for Better Transport and the Technical Advisers Group used software to simulate how these longer lorries would perform when undertaking a standard left hand turn after the DfT refused to physically demonstrate the manoeuver, only performing a less acute turn despite repeated requests to be fully transparent about the effects of the vehicles. Collision statistics from DfT Traffic statistics table TR0104, Accident statistics table RAS 30017 September 2014 . In London the statistics are even worse, with HGVs 10 times more likely to be involved...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/28-april-london-l...

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