A radical pilot project to reduce the impact of timber transport operations on the environment is under way in Sweden.

Volvo Trucks is partnering with SCA, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden and the Swedish Road Administration in the project, which uses a Volvo FH16-660 truck.

The FH16-660, built for a payload of 60 tonnes rather than the normal 40-tonne limit, has received special exemption from the Swedish Road Administration to travel the 170km stretch between Överkalix and SCA’s facility in Munksund in Norrbotten, northern Sweden.

The new truck combination is 6m longer than normal timber trucks, which Volvo says makes loading easier and optimises load distribution, thus reducing road wear.