§ Mr. Bendall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends further to amend the Special Types General Order.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Yes. I have signed an amending order to modify the new rules set out in Statutory Instrument 1987 No. 1327. This extends the time for changing existing vehicles used for carrying abnormal indivisible loads. These will now be permitted until 1 October 1989 to operate with their existing axle arrangements. For those weighing up to 80 tonnes gross weight the maximum axle weight will be reduced to 13.5 tonnes. From 1 October 1989 the maximum axle weight for these vehicles will be further reduced to 12.5 tonnes and the new rules on axle arrangements will apply.