Q As the legal gross train weight in
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Britain is 32 tons, under what conditions are tractor and trailer combinations far in excess of this weight allowed to operate in this country? Also what restrictions are there as to the speed of such combinations?
AAs you say the legal gross train weight
for normal goods vehicles is limited to 32 tons. But combinations above that weight are permitted provided they comply with the regulations contained in the Motor Vehicles (Authorization of Special Types) General Order No. 1670/63 obtainable from HMSO at 2s. Normally the speed of these specialtypes vehicles on roads other than special roads such as motorways is limited to 12 mph but if a special-types vehicle is empty, is not more than 9ft 6in. wide and conforms to various C and U Regulations it is allowed to travel at speeds not exceeding 20 mph.