Road trains set for Spanish highways

Double-trailer trucks aim to reduce shipping costs, but critics question safety

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By Dave Jamieson

ROAD trains are coming to Spain. Already a feature on other European roads, heavy vehicles hauling two trailers have now been cleared for use on Spanish roads, but not without courting controversy.

Transportation companies hope to double or treble loads, so reducing shipping costs and prices to the consumer, but opponents point to the damage they could cause to the surfaces of major highways. However, the government has responded by saying it will restrict the routes the road trains can use and that they will require formal permission to do so. It will also be mandatory for the last trailer to advise the drivers of following vehicles of the total length they would have to pass if they decided to overtake.

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