FTA wants next London Mayor to recognise “essential role” of logistics
The Freight Transport Association has called on the next London Mayor to improve London’s road transport infrastructure, reduce congestion and pollution and look to incentivise the industry during their four-year tenure.
With voting taking place today, the FTA is looking for the next mayor to recognise the “essential role” that the freight industry plays in the success of London’s economy. It says that the capital needs “fast and efficient logistics” to deliver documents and supplies to a 24/7 city – and improvements need to be made to accommodate the predicted population growth in the coming decades.
Following on from the disruption of the Olympics, the FTA is urging the next mayor to continue initiatives such as quiet, night-time deliveries after the Games.
It also wants the successful candidate to support plans for additional Thames crossings in east and south-east London, and improve congestion-cutting measures at the Dartford Crossing. Another initiative is for the mayor to provide a planning framework for the construction of lorry park facilities across the capital.
The FTA wants the next mayor to provide the industry with as much notice as possible for any future stages of the Low Emission Zone and ensure that future air quality initiatives are based on efficiencies available to the industry, rather than being restrictive.
It also wants to see an “urgent review of the London Lorry Control Scheme to incentivise the uptake of quieter vehicles”.
When it comes to road safety, the FTA wants to see increased education for cyclists about how to behave around large vehicles.
Finally, the FTA is asking the next mayor to “work with the industry to reduce the number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued to operators” and ensure adequate kerbside provision for deliveries