Response from FTA to the reintroduction of the London Lorry Control Scheme

Thursday 21 May 2020

Speaking about the announcement on the LLCS reintroduction, Natalie Chapman, Head of Urban Policy at FTA said:

“Today’s (21 May 2020) announcement of the reintroduction of the LLCS enforcement is hugely disappointing, and a retrograde step which will hit the logistics sector particularly hard at a time when it is itself attempting to rebuild after the shutdown of COVID-19.  The pressures involved in maintaining supplies to London’s essential shops and services have not gone away and we are still a long way from ‘business as usual’, so to place an additional regulation on the logistics industry at a time when it is fighting to keep the capital trading and moving after weeks with a limited cash flow will add further burden on the sector. 

“With a downturn in the usage of public transport due to social distancing, and more foot, car and cycle traffic on the roads as a result, the continued suspension of the LLCS would have enabled logistics operators to deliver outside peak working hours and help spread demand on London’s limited road infrastructure.  To reintroduce the scheme at this point seems nonsensical.”