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.