26 Mar '18, 4pm

Lorries are only paying a third of the costs they impose on us all | Campaign For Better Transport

Lorries are only paying a third of the costs they impose on us all | Campaign For Better Transport

These figures come from a report carried out by the Metropolitan Transport Research Unit (MTRU) for Campaign for Better Transport this year, using Government figures. Looking just at road damage such as potholes, HGVs only cover 11 per cent of their road infrastructure costs, despite what the Freight Transport Association claims. Lorries cause far more damage to foundations and structures of roads than cars because the damaging power rises exponentially as weight increases, known as the Generalised Fourth Power Law . The standard 44 tonne HGV, which is the industry workhorse, causes 136,000 times more damage to road infrastructure than a Ford Focus. (In comparison a much smaller and lighter 7.5 tonne lorry is 3,000 times more damaging than a Ford Focus and yet there is no differentiation in the charging of differing lorry weights). The criticism comes at the time that the ...

Full article: https://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/better-transport/...

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