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Jane Imrie

Greener goods vehicles could become “permanent fixture” on UK roads

The government has announced that greener longer goods vehicles could become a permanent fixture on Britain’s roads as early as next year.

The Department for Transport has today published its response to its consultation on the introduction of longer-semi trailers (LSTs), for which the majority of respondents were in favour of their use.

The response follows a nine-year trial of the vehicles - which can be up to 15.65 metres in length - that found them to be safer, more economical and better for the environment.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: “This government is committed to fighting climate change and decarbonising our transport network, and we are working at pace to achieve net zero by 2050.

“Today’s announcement is a vital step forwards as we work to introduce more environmentally friendly freight to our roads and build back greener.”

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