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Working group on longer and heavier vehicles (LHVs) in Belgium
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This working group was formed by BRRC in 2005, at the request of the authorities in charge of managing road infrastructure in Belgium. It gathers representatives form the three regions (SPW, Bruxelles-Mobilité, MOW), the FPS Mobility and Transport, and a few research organizations (ILTB, BRSI, BRRC). Its task is to thoroughly investigate the problems raised by LHVs (also called super trucks, super lorries, mega-lorries, or road trains) in Belgium.
In 2007, the working group issued a final report discussing in detail all the aspects involved in the use of such vehicles, viz. the main legal, economic, social and fiscal aspects, the interest shown by carriers, and the impact on mobility, infrastructure, the environment and road safety.
Since the end of 2007, the group has been investigating the necessary technical and regulatory conditions for setting up experiments with LHVs, and has been defining procedures for monitoring and evaluating them. BRRC is currently working on a methodology for the evaluation of possible future experiments in Belgium.