On 1 January 1993 the maximum weights and dimensions of goods vehicles operating between European Community (EC) countries were harmonised. The United Kingdom has a derogation from some of the regulations until 1 January 1999. This harmonisation will increase the maximum permitted weights in the United Kingdom for all types of heavy goods vehicle (rigid, artic and drawbar). This report reviews available information on the impacts of the heavier vehicles on road wear and on people (at home, as pedestrians and as road users). The use of individual heavier vehicles may have an adverse effect on people which will be mitigated by improved safety features, reduced noise levels, lower levels of smoke and fumes, reduced speeds and reduced numbers of vehicles. Road wear will almost certainly be higher for the heavier vehicles. (A)

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