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Aerodynamics can now be used to reduce emissions, hauliers told

More environmentally friendly HGVs are now allowed on Britain’s roads, following an announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT) earlier this week (14 February 2022).

Road freight operators can now choose vehicles with elongated cabs and/or aerodynamic features fitted on the back, which will help reduce their fuel consumption and therefore their CO2 emissions.

These aerodynamic improvements to HGVs could result in significant fuel savings – between seven and 15% according to a 2013 study. Another benefit of elongated cabs is an improvement in driver vision and the creation of extra space which could lead to the fitment of larger beds in sleeper cabs.

Previously not permitted for use on Britain’s roads since 1986, the aerodynamic rear devices are flaps that are fitted on the back of trailers to reduce the vehicle’s aerodynamic drag without using up load space.

“This is another brilliant step,” said Transport Minister Baroness Vere, “not just in efforts to reduce emissions across our transport network, but also to improve safety on our roads.

“I hope operators will make use of these new regulations, introducing vehicles with these features into their existing fleets to reduce fuel consumption and boost safety, as we build back better from COVID-19.”

Phil Lloyd, Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, said: “Allowing the use of aerodynamic features and elongated cabs on HGVs is fantastic news for our transport sector, which is looking to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

“These features are vital in helping to reduce emissions and improve air quality and Logistics UK welcomes the design of elongated cabs that improve driver vision and provide drivers with much-needed additional comfort space.”

*Read DfT’s guidance on the use of aerodynamic rear devices on HGVs

Published On: 17/02/2022 16:00:42


In brief


The National Crime Agency (NCA) launched its campaign to target individual haulier drivers this week (14 February 2022), urging them not to get involved in drug smuggling. NCA’s intelligence shows that criminal hauliers and haulage companies remain two of the key facilitators for drug trafficking across UK borders with Class A drugs being seized at European ports. Although targeting hauliers across the UK, the campaign will specifically target hauliers arriving at UK ports in the North East and North West.

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