The number of mega trucks on our roads could double between now and 2025. This is according to figures from Frost & Sullivan in their report: Global Mega Trucks Market, Forecast to 2025.
More than 25 metres long and carrying up to 60 tonnes (that’s two tonnes more than a passenger Boeing 737, btw), these trucks are a force to be reckoned with. I’ve sat in the cab of one and have to admit it was a real experience (and I wasn’t even driving the thing!)
Everything about them is big – even the number of names they go by: mega trucks, monster trucks, longer and heavier vehicles, and Eurocombi.
Australia leads the pack in mega truck use, and the report confirms mega trucks are expected to increase in number in North America.
In Europe, you can find them on roads in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Spain.
But there are a number of hurdles hampering their growth. As well as the legislative barriers, there is also widespread negative public opinion. Concern about the impact they will have on railways, the environment, infrastructure, and safety are cited again and again in campaigns against the spread of these vehicles.
As a feat of engineering, mega trucks are definitely a marvel, but I can’t help but hold reservations about their safety.
What’s your take on these monsters of the road?