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CASE STUDY 56

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Derek is driving an articulated lorry with a gross vehicle weight of 40 tonnes from Lancaster to a building site in Aberdeen. He can fit a total of twenty-two standard sized pallets on his trailer.

Today his load consists of metal security doors which are loaded onto pallets. Each loaded pallet weighs 2000 kg

They are carefully loaded onto the sides of the trailer by a forklift truck, then secured by the loading team. When he arrives at the delivery point, Derek will unload the goods himself using specialist machinery, which is attached to the rear of his trailer. This weighs nearly 500 kg, and a training course must be attended by any individual wishing to use it.

The journey will take just over five hours, and Derek has decided he will split his 45-minute break in two, taking 30 minutes for the first part after two hours of driving.


The truck has a maximum payload of 33 tonnes.

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