Heavy vehicles and road construction. Interaction between bans and technical improvements 1900-2023

Promising new technology cannot always be exploited, for society has to regulate and control it. Such was the case
when motor vehicles first appeared in Denmark around Amidst that transition, heavy trucks and buses were
especially challenging, for they could quickly destroy the country’s roads due to being too heavy.
This article describes the series of bans and restrictions on new vehicle technology in Denmark since the beginning of the 20th century. Only as a result of constant improvements in both vehicles and roads could those rules be relaxed and the possibilities of the technology be better exploited.

P. 5-26 in: Mikko Pentti: Man and the machine. Articles from Northern European Road History. NordBalt 2023, Mobilia, Kangasala, Finland.

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