The UK is moving away from the use of truck-based cargo, with the Government announcing plans for a fleet of large trucks, capable of carrying up to 600 tonnes of cargo.
The move, which is due to come into effect in 2021, will see a fleet be able to carry up to 1,000 tonnes of goods per vehicle.
The Government has also announced plans to build the new Tonskas into some of its vehicles.
In a press release, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We are committed to building the Tonski trucks, which will enable us to deliver the benefits of the Government’s low carbon transport strategy, while ensuring our vehicles are more environmentally friendly.”
The new trucks will be able be fitted with the new low-emission version of the TONSKAS (Tonska Automotive System) – a lightweight design which uses high-performance diesel engines.
The trucks will also be able carry cargo up to 400kg, making them ideal for moving large loads and heavy loads around town.
In an announcement earlier this year, the Government said that it was planning to make the TONKAS available in 2021.
The new TONKA trucks will have a range of capabilities, including the ability to haul up to 50,000kg of cargo and can carry up 100 tonnes of freight, as well as the ability be used in emergency situations.
The TONSKI truck is set to go on sale in 2021 but the Government is still looking to make it more affordable for people.
In the release announcing the plan, Transport Minister Matt Hancock said: Transport Minister says TONSKA trucks can be fitted in 2021 with up to 500kg of load.
Minister says new TONSka trucks will allow the Government to deliver on the Government low carbon strategy, such as reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
“With the introduction of the new trucks, the Toneras are set to become a standard feature in our fleet,” he said.
However, the new vehicles will only be available for sale in a few localities, including Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.
There is a limit on the number of vehicles the Government can sell, meaning the Toni can only be built in the City of Manchester, as opposed to Liverpool and Leeds, which have more than 100,000 people.