Super Size Truck Hits Road
The transport minister’s dreams have come true. The first supersized truck allowed under the new transport regulations is hitting the road in Auckland.
It will be travelling between Auckland and Christchurch on a regular basis.
The USA manufactured Freightliner truck has had running gear and bodywork designed and fabricated in New Zealand to allow a total length of 22 metres. When fully permitted it could have a gross laden weight of 53 tonnes or beyond.
With a total of 10 axles and 36 wheels, this monster giant is owned by Palmerston North based transport operator, Booths Transport Ltd.
The new truck is not only able to carry 13% more volume of freight than previous large linehaul trucks, the outside has been sold as a huge moving billboard.
In a statement, the company’s managing director, Craig Booth says that the truck signals the start of a new efficient way of moving freight around the country. “We anticipate be able to transport higher volumes, with fewer vehicles which will be configured to create less wear and tear on our roads and consume less non-renewable resources.
“While there is still some way to go with NZ roading standards being improved to allow full benefits of these new vehicles, we have pre-empted the situation as a long term strategy”.