BEIJING – China listed full-trailers in the new vehicle catalogue and started to manage the industry from September 1, 2012, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
This move will impact the production access, R&D process and customer usage of full-trailers to an extent and may even change the highway transportation mode in China, reported Commercial Vehicle News.
Full-trailers, though with advantages such as large loading capacity, simple usage and safety, have been almost totally replaced by semi-trailers due to the popularization of highways. Because of less stability under transport conditions than single vehicles and semi-trailers, full-trailers were prohibited from running on the highways and thus abandoned by long-distance transport users.
Full-trailers then can only be used in construction sites and roadways in rural areas. This type of vehicle, not on the catalogue for many years, has several hidden problems and very few manufacturers.
The semi-trailer market, on the other hand, has been a prosperous one over the past 10 years with national vehicle parc reaching 2 million units and becoming the backbone of China’s road transportation.
However, sales of semi-trailers have cooled down since 2011. With the new policy regulating full-trailers, the once stagnant vehicle type is about to re-emerge on the road.