ICE submission to National Infrastructure Commission Freight Study call for evidence

ICE’s response considers the NIC’s questions in the context of the potential benefits from and challenges to the deployment of HGV ‘platooning’ on the UK strategic road network. It also sets out some issues for consideration.

Referred to variously as 'HGV', 'truck' and 'lorry' platoons, these are convoys of up to three heavy goods vehicles, travelling close together, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle and using smart technologies to mutually communicate.

The submission explores how truck platooning can:

  • Manage constraints to the effective and efficient movement of freight in the UK
  • Lower its carbon and air quality impacts
  • Increase the efficiency and productivity of UK freight

It sets out international examples from which lessons may be learned, as well as highlighting additional issues for consideration.

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