The megatruck, a 25.25 metre-long truck with a maximum capacity of 60 tons, has been successfully driven for the first time in Spain on a road and motorway journey between Palau-solità i Plegamans and Martorell. This first route was driven by the Automobile Industry Cluster of Catalonia with the participation of SEAT, as project leader, Grupo Sesé, Cimalsa, Grupo Carreras, Tecnicarton and SF Consultants.
These companies have been working together in the CIAC Logistics Commission to carry out this first pilot test since June 2015, in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the implementation of megatrucks and claim them as a regular means of transport.
CIAC president Vicenç Aguilera highlighted the first journey of a megatruck at the presentation held at SEAT Martorell: "We are very pleased to have achieved this milestone, a necessary first step not only for the improvement of logistics and transport, but also to boost the competitiveness of our country". He added: "The project would not have been possible without the joint work of all the companies involved, a fact that reaffirms our mission as a Cluster".
Likewise, the intensive work carried out by the CIAC working group responsible for the megatruck project has also significantly contributed to the modification in Spanish legislation regarding the specifications of high-volume trucks. The legislative change that gave the green light to the entry of megatrucks into our country was published in the Official State Bulletin (BOE) on December 23, 2015.
After this first journey on road and motorway, the promoters of the project will continue working towards allowing the regular driving of megatrucks on our roads. Currently, these trucks can only be driven by obtaining an authorization issued by the Spanish National Department of Traffic (DGT) or by the traffic departments of Catalonia and the Basque Country, in which traffic conditions are established.
The CIAC Logistics Commission defend that transportation by megatrucks represents a saving of 22% in logistics costs by reducing the price per ton transported – two megatrucks are the equivalent of three conventional trucks. As Aguilera pointed out, “These cost reductions not only benefit suppliers and manufacturers, but they also have an impact on the whole value chain involved, improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the industry”.
The introduction of megatrucks also implies energy savings and environmental improvements, as the reduction of trucks on the road helps reduce CO2 emissions and polluting gases by 14%.