So-called 'superlorries' will not be making their way onto UK roads any time soon.
A report commissioned by the Department for Transport from the Transport Research Laboratory found that significantly longer and heavier goods vehicles could lead to an increase in CO2 emissions due to goods shifting from rail to road, create serious implications for the management of the road network - as the vehicles would be unsuitable for many roads and junctions - as well as introducing new safety risks.
Proposals to introduce super-lorries onto British roads were rejected today by transport secretary Ruth Kelly.
"This study shows that super-lorries are not compatible with British roads. Not only are there clear environmental drawbacks, but such vehicles would be unsuitable for many roads and junctions, while providing the infrastructure to accommodate them would require substantial investment," she said.