Volvo and Krone trial City trailers

London, UK:  Volvo Trucks, United Kingdom and Ireland, has been trialling a Krone City Liner in urban areas, including inner London, to re-open the debate regarding the use of articulated vehicles, where currently the London Lorry Control Scheme restricts the movement of HGVs over 18 tonnes but does not apply 8-wheel rigid vehicles.

The scheme controls where HGVs over 18 tonnes can drive at night and weekends and requires permission from London Councils that manage the Traffic Order on behalf of 31 London boroughs, the City of London and on the Transport for London Road Network.

The Krone City Liner trailer is designed for use in urban environments where conventional trailers are less able to manoeuvre, owing to restricted space and overall vehicle length. Its compact box body rides on an 11.025m chassis with twin axles, rated at 9000kg and has a wheel base (king pin to second axle) of 7.40m. Furthermore, the front axle can be raised and lowered while the rear axle is force-steering – at up to 25 degrees.

“This combination of Krone City Liner and Volvo FM 420 4×2 Globetrotter LXL tractor unit is perfect for manoeuvring in tight corners,” says Martin Tomlinson, Volvo’s head of product demonstration. “Also, it clearly demonstrates that an articulated vehicle of this specification is equally suitable as an 8-wheeler when it comes to operating in urban areas.”

Thetruck control scheme has been in place since 1985, under the Greater London (Restriction of Goods Vehicles) Traffic Order 1985, but Volvo is calling for a review the scheme.

“Quite simply, ovver the last 30 or so years, technology has moved on: vehicle and trailer designs are now more sophisticated than ever and by using this latest ‘City solution’ from Krone and Volvo, we feel it’s time to put the discussion regarding the restriction of articulated vehicles in urban areas back on the table,” Tomlinson says.

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