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Extension of the longer semi-trailer trial

The Department for Transport has confirmed the longer semi-trailer trial transition period has been extended to 29 February 2024 and that updated guidance will be published following feedback from industry representatives.

The following is the notice Logistics UK received from DfT:  

Statement to operators – notification extension  

This alert is to inform you that the longer semi-trailer (LST) trial has been extended to 29 February 2024, marking a three-month extension to the previous end date of 30 November 2023. New arrangements will replace it to allow LSTs to be used on an enduring basis and not on a trial.  

There are specific route planning and risk assessment requirements for LSTs in the regulations for them. There is also a requirement to use the vehicle operator licensing system to identify the LSTs being used beyond the trial.  

These requirements are explained in the guidance published at: Longer semi-trailers: Full implementation guide for operators - GOV.UK

This guidance also includes some advisory issues such as driver training. We continue to liaise with industry representatives and will be updating guidance shortly, to answer queries raised by industry about route planning and risk assessments.  

If members have concerns about the ability of their operation to move off the trial and onto the new arrangements by 29 February 2024, please email


Published On: 09/11/2023 13:00:00


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