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Trial of longer semi-trailers

January 2012 will see the beginning of a trial for the use of longer semi-trailers. The trial will allow up to an additional 2.05 meters on semi-trailers, with a maximum length of 18.75 metres for articulated vehicles.   The trial will run for 10 years – to allow those participating to recover the cost of investment in the longer vehicles – and will be limited to 1,800 trailers.   The Department for Transport will closely monitor the trial to ensure that any significant issues that arise, particularly on safety, are addressed quickly and to ensure that the trial is meeting objectives.   Trailers taking part in the trial will operate under Vehicle Special Orders issued under Section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 1988