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Super-long trucks could be a tight squeeze on some roads.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Advocates say long trucks can save up to 25 percent fuel and reduce road traffic. Critics see them as a threat to traffic safety and warn that road infrastructure is unsuitable.

  • Facts

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    • So-called “long-liners” will be tested on Berlin’s belt highway and other roads nationwide until the end of 2016.
    • The German transport ministry said super-long trucks can now be tested over a road network extending 11,600 kilometers, or about 7,200 miles.
    • Some critics fear that more and more freight will be shifted from railways to roads.
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The number of states now testing super-long trucks Germany, Europe’s largest transit country, continues to grow.

Brandenburg is the latest to join the tests, bringing the total number of states to 13 of a total 16. The city-state of Berlin, emcompassed by Brandenburg, is not participating in trials.

The extra-long trucks have been thundering along select roads and highways in Germany since the beginning of 2012, as part of a five-year field trial program initiated by the federal government.

The extra-long trucks, known as gigaliners in Germany, can measure up to 25 meters (82 feet) in length, compared to a maxium of about 18 meters for regular semi-trucks today. They can weigh no more than 40 tons, are not allowed to transport dangerous materials and must be equipped with a camera to monitor back-end traffic.

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