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Old May 27th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #561
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Single axle semitrailers are very rare or totally unknown also in Italy. Most semitrailers there have 3 axles, while tractors have 2.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #562
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I hate it when one of these needs to do a U-Turn !




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Old May 29th, 2011, 05:53 PM   #563
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A road-rail truck and a strange vehicle used in the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This Mercedes built truck is quite common between european urban transport companies, where it is used to haul tramways or metro trains.

More photos of the working site here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...0#post78647130


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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #565
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Road haulage: EP introduces "polluter pays" principle

Revising "Eurovignette" road haulage tax rules will make it possible for Member States to charge hauliers for air and noise pollution costs, in addition to motorway tolls. A directive approved by Parliament on Tuesday will ensure that revenue from these charges is used to improve the performance of transport systems and cut pollution.

In the debate, Said El Khadraoui (S&D, BE), who is steering the legislation through Parliament, said that the compromise reached marks a cornerstone for the next decade of European transport policy as it "offers for the first time the possibility to Member States to charge external costs (...) and to make best use of a wide range of toll variations to improve mobility."

On average, 3 to 4 euro cents per vehicle/km may be added to charges for using transport infrastructure to cover the external costs of road haulage, starting with air and noise pollution. The directive will cover not only trans-European transport (TEN-T) networks, but all motorways, and will apply to vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes. If a Member State wishes to grant exemptions for vehicles of up to 12 tonnes, then it must notify the European Commission of the reasons why..

In exchange, Member States firmly commit themselves to invest 15% of overall revenue in TEN-T networks. The remaining amounts should be used to reduce damage to the environment and develop all transport systems sustainably. To promote transparency and public debate, MEPs inserted into the law a requirement that Member States report regularly to the Commission on the charges imposed and the use made of revenue from them.

Fleet renewal incentives

Lorries with the least-polluting engines will be exempt from air pollution charges until 1 January 2014 (EURO V emission class), and until 1 January 2018 for EURO VI. In sensitive and mountainous regions, the existing "mark-up" of up to 25% may continue to apply and may be added to the external costs charged for lorries in the heaviest pollution classes (EURO 0 to II). It may also be extended to the EURO III class from 1 January 2015.

Avoiding traffic jams

To manage traffic flows more effectively without generating more revenue, charges may be varied by up to 175% in congested areas, with the highest charges applying during five rush hours, and lower rates at all other times. To enable hauliers to calculate their costs and plan routes, the European Commission will make available a list of charges and the times whey they apply throughout the EU.

The new Eurovignette rules, approved with 505 votes in favour, 141 against and 17 abstentions, still need to be formally approved by EU Member States. They may be applied as of three months after their publication in the Official Journal.
New revenue-maker approved. The conditions aren't too bad (3 - 4 cents per km, which is far lower than the current truck tolls in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria for example). The downside is only 15% of revenue may be invested in the TEN-T network. This should've been at least 60%, otherwise it becomes a cash-cow for fake "greening" of the industry where money ends up in the general revenue.

Also note that they once again act like the polluter doesn't pay at all today. While the trucking industry is less taxed than the rest of the motor vehicle users, they still pay a lot of taxes today.

Current Euro 5 engines are polluting 10% of the 1990's CO, 12% of the 1990's NOx and less than 5% of the 1990's PM10.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #566
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The conditions aren't too bad (3 - 4 cents per km, which is far lower than the current truck tolls in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria for example).
3-4 cents, but in addition.

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Small truck towing a small trailer.



Another quite uncommon truck here, a truck (or van?) with a small one axle semitrailer.



Finally a truck carrying its forklift.



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Old June 12th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #567
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Those first two pictures are more like cargo vans than trucks. I think you don't need a truck drivers license to drive them.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 05:00 AM   #568
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The attached forklift is seen occasionally on American flatbed trailers, but never box trailers.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #569
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Another quite uncommon truck here, a truck (or van?) with a small one axle semitrailer.

The van would be a one tonne vehicle and the trailer would most likely have a maximum loading capacity of 3500 kg. I can see the advantage of such a vehicle, as it could maneuver more easily than a straight truck in some situations.
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Old June 18th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #570
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Many photos of old trucks and buses here: http://www.tafonrail.***************/...&t=131&start=0
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Old June 18th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #571
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Interesting case in the Netherlands.

The A1 motorway near Deventer carries currently 29 000 trucks per day. It is forecast to grow to 40 000 trucks in 2020. This generates two problems; first, passing bans create huge lines of trucks, which means that at 1250 trucks per hour, per direction, it is impossible to merge from motorway entrances. Solution: lift the passing ban. The second problem is that at 800 trucks per hour per direction, other vehicles begin to avoid the right lane. At 1200 trucks per hour per direction, the right lane is virtually inaccessible to other traffic. This means that every 30 seconds, a truck passes on the second lane because the first lane is full.

The solution to this problem is complex. A modal shift is hard to achieve, and there are already intensively used railways and waterways parallel to A1. The current governments wants a widening to 2x4 / 2x3 lanes. However, this does not relieve the entrances from truck convoys.

A separate truck facility has been considered, but was found too expensive. Considering the volumes and safety, a full 2x2 motorway with shoulders need to be constructed for trucks only, parallel to the existing one. A solution like this is almost 3 times more expensive than the widening to 2x4 / 2x3.

So, for the time being, a widening and the abolishing of the truck passing ban is the most cost-effective solution.
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I understand this would essentially double the cost of the highway, probably more, but I suggest this for a once and for all, dammit let's fix this shit kind of solution:

Widen the highway to 4 sections each with 2 lanes (2+2+2+2) - allow only cars in the interior lanes, with fewer exits, like express lanes or whatever. In the outer lanes, allow trucks and cars, as well as having the primary access ramps. That'll cost a few billion euros but hopefully it'll handle the traffic nicely for at least the next five years or so before it gets too crowded again.
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I think they had such a plan for Interstate 70 in Missouri.
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I think they had such a plan for Interstate 70 in Missouri.
The source for that was one of a few plans to upgrade I-81 in Virginia. The plan they chose to enact to reduce congestion goes something like this:

1. Don't build anything.
2. Wait for money.
3. Close some state-maintained rest stops and reduce roadside assistance.
4. (New governor) Re-open closed rest stops.
5. Still waiting for money.

The money they're waiting for actually went to upgrade the Virginia section of Washington's ring road I-495, aka the Capital Beltway, which is currently even more of a traffic nightmare because of the construction, as well as causing a traffic nightmare at any intersecting roads.

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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #575
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Old July 25th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #576
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A small 4x4 truck used for works around ski slopes and chairlifts during this trip. There are many gravel one lane roads, nearly none of them opened to the public.

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Low floor truck seen travelling on A4 in Italy.



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Old December 16th, 2011, 11:40 PM   #578
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Old May 30th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #579
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Another proposal for trolleytrucks, they exist since the beginning of the 20th century:



http://www.leblogenergie.com/2012/05...-hybrides.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXW2rqsYLXI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMev1FCMQLU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgWlypbvc4s

Some images from the past:





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I've never heard of that.
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