Efficient lorries improving air quality

A government scheme using longer semi-trailers to transport goods has saved up to 10.6 million vehicle kilometres, meaning cleaner public air.

Up to 90,000 lorry journeys have been cut under a pilot scheme, causing reduced congestion and expecting to save over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The economic benefits of the project are estimated at £33 million over the next 10 years, with British hauliers saving up to one in 9 journeys with their lorries that are up to 15 per cent longer than standard 13.60 metre vehicles, cutting costs.

John Hayes, Transport Minister, said: “Lorries are the engine of our economy and this pilot scheme is helping hauliers deliver the day-to-day goods we need more efficiently.

“This is good news for consumers, a boost for motorists as it is helping cut congestion with fewer vehicles on the road and it is also helping the environment.”