Natalie Chapman , Head of South of England and Urban Policy at FTA (Freight Transport Association) commented:
“FTA is pleased to see the London Assembly Transport Committee is endorsing our recommendations for freight policy in London, following my attendance at an evidence session on 5 February 2019. Most notably, the Committee has taken on board our call for the Mayor to provide more leadership on freight policy in the capital. A holistic and synchronised approach is needed to prevent London’s 33 boroughs implementing schemes in slightly different ways as this would make the regulatory environment even more complex than it currently is for the logistics industry which underpins the capital’s economy.
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“FTA is also pleased the Committee has recognised the necessity to review the Lorry Control Scheme, and that it understands the need for businesses to have greater flexibility to transport freight outside of peak hours. Similarly, FTA is delighted that the need to acquire more logistics space, to support the uptake of cleaner vehicles such as electric vans, was noted.
“Finally, the Committee recognised that the growth in van traffic is not inextricably linked to the growth in e-commerce – less than 10% of van traffic is linked to online shopping and parcel deliveries* – and has called for further research to be undertaken to understand the nature of the growth; a move supported by FTA.”
* According to a 2017 report by RAC Foundation, The Implications of Internet Shopping Growth on the Van Fleet and Traffic Activity
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.
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