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London 2012: no gold-rush for Olympic fast-track licence approvals

  • 17 August 2012
  • By Chris Druce

There was no gold-rush for fast-track licence approvals for London 2012,data from the Office of the Transport Commissioners suggests.

The scheme, unveiled at CM’s Summer Freight Planning Conference at Wembley Stadium in March, was introduced exclusively for the Olympic and Paralymic Games to allow operators picking up last-minute work to forgo the usual advertising requirements for varying their O-licence.

Variation normally takes about nine weeks, which would have meant operators picking up last-minute contracts and jobs with restrictions on their operating centres would have been stuck.

A spokesman for the OTC says: “The total number of expedited applications due to the Olympics is 18.  Although the final figure is still being collated, it is not expected to rise significantly in the run up to the Paralympic Games.”

Ahead of the Games (CM 28 June), the OTC said it had identified about 20 applications for variation under the standard O-licence rules that were Olympic related, suggesting hauliers were heeding the advice to carry out their planning early.

For Olympic news and the latest on the Paralympics see our London 2012 Survival Guide.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/london-2012