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    Transformers 'Mega Truck' may soon be a reality

    Large TruckAccording to The Guardian the European Road Lobby plans to force Britain and other countries to accept some of the world's biggest trucks saying they will reduce congestion and pollution on the roads.These 'Mega Trucks' are more than 80ft (25.2metres) long and weigh 60tonnes, almost a third longer and heavier than any vehicle allowed on the UK roads today (it even weighs more than a Boeing 737!) These trucks will be able to tow several trailers behind them which gives it the name 'road trains'. They can have as many as ten axles and right now are only allowed on very sparsely populated roads and flat nations in Finland and Sweden, but the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark are running tests and France is very keen to begin trails. Studies from the European road lobby, led by companies in the Netherlands is pressing for them to be introduced as they found that they are 15 - 30% cheaper to run than normal HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) trucks and are more environmentally friendly than rail.Last year, former transport secretary Ruth Kelly rejected these trucks last year after a study concluded they we unsuitable for British road. She said 'Not only are there clear environmental drawbacks, but such vehicles would be unsuitable for many roads and junctions, while providing the infrastructure to accommodate them would require substantial investment.'The UK have strong opposition for these trucks. Tony Armstrong, the chief executive of Living Streets, formerly the Pedestrians' Association says 'We've very concerned about mega trucks, this proposal could have a huge negative impact on road safety. These monsters will cause alarm to residents. Any proposals to bring these trucks to the UK should be strongly resisted.'Even motoring organisations have concerns: 'British drivers feel intimidated by large lorries. They will not be welcome on UK roads. One problem is that they may obscure signs,' said Paul Watters, AA head of roads policy.What do you think? Do you think these 'Mega Trucks' are a good idea? Are they the next step in the future? Let us know your thoughts.

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