Plans to impose a ‘rush hour ban’ on HGVs passing through London have long inspired criticisms from the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
But now, the RHA are urging London Mayoral candidates to step up and challenge the ‘counter-productive’ legislation – which aims to increase road safety and reduce congestion and pollution in the British capital by replacing large HGV deliveries by an increased number of small van deliveries.
The RHA have written a wide-ranging manifesto, proposing a range of new policies hauliers think should be adopted in place of the much contested ‘rush hour ban’.
The RHA said it was keen to support Government plans to achieve a ‘Target Zero’ for HGV-related accidents in central London, but it urged the mayoral candidates that replacing HGV deliveries with increased van-sized deliveries during rush hour would likely increase, as opposed to decrease, accidents, congestion and pollution in the city.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett, said: “Lorries play a vital part in the economic life of this great city – without them, the city will grind to a standstill.
“Haulage operators provide work for tens of thousands of Londoners. That’s why it’s vital that the Mayor and other London politicians work with us and not against us.
“A London lorry rush hour ban would be a knee-jerk and counter-productive move – as would trying to replace larger vehicles with many more smaller ones”.
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