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Hauliers "confused" over London Lorry Control Scheme regs

  • 09 June 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

A “huge amount of confusion” about the London Lorry Control Scheme has led to operators treating it as an HGV ban and avoiding the capital at night and weekends, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
This view is backed up by a recent survey of 100 hauliers, which found that almost
70% try to plan their routes to avoid London during the control times.
The poll, by PIE Mapping, also found that 71% of drivers find it more stressful driving into London than two years ago and that 61% have no idea who runs the lorry control scheme.
It also found that 55% of operators have had to pay a fine for using a road without permission.
Hauliers can drive in London at night, but they need to approve their routes in advance with the scheme’s operator, London Councils.
Natalie Chapman, FTA head of policy for London, said companies were being deterred by high fines and confusion over how the scheme works.
“There are fines of £550 for operators; £130 for drivers. These are big fines and I think companies do make genuine mistakes and I think it puts them off. It may not be a ban but it has a similar effect, so there is more traffic and congestion during peak hours,” she said.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/hauliers-confused-over-london-lorry-control-scheme-regs