B-double

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English[edit]

A B-double truck on the Sturt Highway at the Victoria - South Australia border

Etymology[edit]

So-called in Australia partly because of industry concerns about negative public attitudes to road trains.[1]

Noun[edit]

B-double (plural B-doubles)

  1. (Australia) A truck and trailer combination consisting of a prime mover coupled to two trailers.
    • 2001, Philip Laird, Mark Bachels, Back on Track: Rethinking Transport Policy in Australia and New Zealand, page 38,
      B-Doubles were initially developed in Canada, as B-Trains.
    • 2011, OECD, Moving Freight with Better Trucks: Improving Safety, Productivity and Sustainability, page 248,
      Australian B-doubles generally have eight or nine axles, with increasing interest in Quad-axle B-doubles for some applications, including the carriage of two 40 foot containers through urban areas.
    • 2011, Sophia Rendell, Brisbane Valley Underbelly, page 87,
      I mean there were the little things like the B-double that was allowed in the town and actually allowed to park in the street until it was ready to leave on its next trip. Not only is this illegal but a B-double is not allowed to leave the designated route at any time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2001, Philip Laird, Mark Bachels, Back on Track: Rethinking Transport Policy in Australia and New Zealand, page 38 — B-Doubles were initially developed in Canada, as B-Trains. The Australian freight road industry was able to persuade Governments to call them B-Doubles. This was to reduce potential confusion with road trains and also help overcome some public opposition that persisted, in some urban areas, to the mid-1990s.