The Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management is looking to allows tests of road rigs with 32m overall length
The Ministry (Rijkswaterstaat) has confirmed that industry is interested in 32m long road trains, which would allow for two 13.6m long trailers, as opposed to 7.8m + 13.6m for 25.25m long gigaliners, but did not provide details.
However, Frank Verhoeven, CEO of Vos Logistics, told BNR Nieuwsradio that Rijkswaterstaat is planning to organise tests. Verhoeven supports this and Vos Logistics already operates a 32m rig in Sweden and is a leading operator of 25.25m long "ecocombi" rigs in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has been at the forefront of the drive for longer trucks in mainland Europe, in order to optimise road transport. The first Nordic-style 25.25m long rigs were tested on Dutch motorways in 2001, but it took another 10 years for permits to be issued to Dutch road hauliers.
While 25.25m long gigaliners/eco-combis have been legal in the Netherlands for several years, border crossings to Belgium and Luxembourg still require a special permit. Long-term tests are under way in Belgium’s Flanders Province (Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Ostend sea ports) and the concept has been gaining acceptance in Germany in the past few years.