HCT and the upcoming mobility package were among the numerous topics discussed during Elmia’s digital event, Road Transport Focus. Both areas have major consequences for road safety and transport efficiency.
There was a curious focus on road transport when Elmia, in partnership with Lastfordonsgruppen (LFG), arranged the Påbyggnad 2021 digital event in early June in conjunction with Road Transport Focus. The event can be seen as a complement to the Elmia Lastbil fair in Jönköping, which has been postponed to 2022 due the current pandemic, but will probably serve as the inauguration of a recurring event.
The live broadcast was open to everyone and allowed one to easily access and listen to topics of particular interest during the full-scheduled days. VBG also participated in the event where we showcased our business and were able to share news about our new, upcoming coupling products.
We found two topics especially interesting:
The first topic focused on High Capacity Transport (HCT) and gave us an update on the Swedish Transport Administration’s view of the expansion of the BK4 road network (BK1 with a maximum gross weight of 64 tonnes will expand to BK4 with a maximum gross weight of 74 tonnes). The goal is for 70-80% of Sweden’s roads to be leased for this within a 12-year period. At the beginning of 2021, 26% of the state’s BK4 road network had been classified.
The Nordic region is at the forefront of development, with Finland leading the way, which, in 2019, permitted the operation of 76-tonne vehicles and with a length of 34.5 m.
When the roads are adapted, goods transport must also be streamlined, with weight- and space-saving development and measures being top priorities for many operators in the industry.
When summing up the benefits offered by HCT development, the gains are considerable:
The Swedish Transport Administration has written a report titled ‘Längre lastbilar på det svenska vägnätet’ (Eng: Longer Trucks on the Swedish Road Network), which describes the goals and development in detail.
VBG has also written a great deal about HCT, so if you are interested, you can read more blogs on the topic on VBG’s website.
The new mobility package will result in greater fairness in goods transport. At present, there are a number of challenges regarding cross-border transport in Europe, and these will be reduced through greater data transparency in government controls. Hopefully, it will also lead to a better and safer work environment for drivers regardless of the haulage company’s point of origin.
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