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Operators urged to follow Code of Conduct for night time deliveries

  • 12 April 2012
  • By Laura Hailstone

Operators that need to make night-time deliveries during the Olympics are being urged to adopt Transport for London’s Quiet Delivery Code of Practice (CoP).

The 3-page document is the culmination of several months of out-of-hours trials at various London locations including The Dorchester Hotel and Marks and Spencer on Earls Court Road. The trials were run in partnership with local boroughs by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Noise Abatement Society.

“We will be urging freight operators to follow and respect the conditions laid out in the CoP. If they can prove, as we believe, that out-of-hours deliveries can be made without disturbing local residents, there could be tremendous legacy benefits,” says FTA head of policy for London, Natalie Chapman.

Ian Wainwright, TfL’s road fright programme manager, tells CM that the point of the CoP is not to make operators jump through hoops.

“It’s practical, commonsense advice for both drivers and those receiving the goods about how they can work together to make deliveries as quietly as possible,” says Wainwright.

London Councils, which represents all 33 London boroughs, has given a nod to the CoP, as well as backing a statement from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which reminds local authorities of the international importance of the Games. It advises them to judge accordingly whether to use their “discretionary powers to take enforcement action” against breaches of planning conditions during the Olympics.

“The statement makes it clear that councils will be supportive and sympathetic to the needs of businesses needing out-of-hours deliveries during the Games, but operators will still need to be considerate of local residents,” adds Wainwright.


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