Changes in Germany for 2-axle semi-trailers with pendle axles
Within the German regulations two different kinds of axles are specified: beam axles and split axles. Pendle axles as well as axles with independent suspension are classified as split axles. This year the Ministry of Transport has decided to no longer issue exemptions for 12 tonnes per axle when it concerns a 2-axle semi-trailer. Only if the semi-trailer is equipped with pendle axles an exemption for 12 tonnes will be granted.
The German BSK (Federation of Heavy Transport and Crane Operators) has asked the Ministry of Transport to align the 2-axle low-loaders with independent suspension along with those equipped with pendle axles, as is currently the case with semi-trailers that have more than 3 axles. As a result of this request by the BSK, the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg has made two important decisions. The first decision stipulates that the BASt (Federal Highway Research Institute) is given the task of comparing the difference between the weight transmitted to the road when using split axles with independent suspension to the weight when using pendle axles. In the other decision it is laid down that throughout Germany – pending the results of the investigation – 2-axle semi-trailers with pendle axles will be granted exemption for 12 tonnes per axle and 2-axle low-loaders with independent suspension will be granted only 10 tonnes per axle.