RHA questions future of London Lorry Control Scheme

19th June 2017

RHA questions future of London Lorry Control Scheme (image credit: iStock/paulbranding)

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has highlighted its disappointment regarding a new report by London Councils relating to ongoing changes to the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS).

In it, the body claims that all of the key points raised in a wide-ranging industry review of the project have been "sidelined" by London authorities, with the RHA describing the report as a missed opportunity to improve the environment for local businesses and communities.

RHA deputy policy director Duncan Buchanan argued how the freight industry was "willing and enthusiastic" in its participation in this latest review, but noted that the industry now feels largely let down that its positive contribution has been "ignored".

"It is not acceptable that the hours of operation of the scheme and the extent of the core network that is available for use have been put in the long grass by this report," he concluded.

Mr Buchanan went on to state that issues like additional mileage, costs and network requirements remain a burden on businesses. He concluded that the existing LLCS framework is out of date with how Londoners and businesses work today.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "The LLCS was designed to ensure a safer and cleaner environment across the capital, limiting the hours of operation and scope of freight deliveries.

"It remains a key initiative in helping to reduce the impact of freight services on London, but it is a real shame that this latest review appears to failed to take into account many of the issues raised by the logistics sector in its ongoing operation."