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UK government proposes deregulation for gas-fuelled trucks

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Staff Writer | October 1, 2016
The Department for Transport (DfT) has proposed a change in legislation that will allow UK operators to use trucks that run on gas fuels without having to apply for special dispensation.
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Transportation   An update to an EU weights and dimensions directive
Operators running on international routes will automatically receive the extra weight allowance.
It wants to enable trucks powered by hydrogen, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to be used on UK roads without additional authorisation, as long as they have been type-approved to the relevant fuel system safety and emissions standards.

At the same time, the department is proposing to remove the payload disadvantage facing operators using alternatively fuelled trucks, increasing their maximum authorised weight by up to one tonne.

An update to an EU weights and dimensions directive coming into force in May means operators running on international routes will automatically receive the extra weight allowance, but the government wants to adopt the policy for domestic operations too.

A consultation on both proposals runs until November 2, with a view to putting the legislation through parliament by early 2017.


 

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