The newly-elected London Mayor should work with the logistics industry to pursue some ‘quick wins’ to make the capital cleaner, safer and more efficient, said the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The FTA head of national and regional policy Christopher Snelling said there were three issues that should be dealt with immediately, and called on Sadiq Khan to urgently seek a review of the London Lorry Control Scheme.
The London Lorry Control Scheme controls the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 18 tonnes at night and at weekends. The scheme is intended to help minimise noise in residential areas during unsocial hours, and permission to use restricted roads must be sought from London councils.
Snelling said that the scheme restricted the logistics industry’s ability to deliver at night and that moving as many lorries as possible out of peak hours could help with safety, emissions and costs.
He also said that the latest generation of clean lorries and vans should get a discount on the congestion charge to encourage these vehicles into London ahead of the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Vehicles using these zones will have to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a charge, from 2020.
Mayor Khan should also increase support for the enforcement of HGV regulations in London with targeted enforcement of rogue operators to get them off the road, according to Snelling.
“Mr Khan must remember how crucial logistics is to London,” said Snelling. “The capital requires 360,000 tonnes of goods delivered every day by lorry just to keep functioning. And Mr Khan’s ambition to build 80,000 new homes a year will need more than two million HGV trips to make it happen.”
The FTA said it would be seeking a meeting with Khan and his advisors to discuss the role of the logistics industry in delivering a better London.