The launch of a new London Freight Enforcement Partnership is ‘the right way to go and will enable a more intelligent approach to enforcement in the capital’ – according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
The Partnership, launched yesterday by London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO – aimed at tackling unsafe HGVs, and taking any non-compliant and unsafe commercial vehicles, drivers and operators off London’s streets – has been described as good news by the Freight Transport Association.
Speaking at the launch event Christopher Snelling – FTA Head of National and Regional Policy said: “The vast majority of road haulage operators take safety very seriously. The number of HGVs involved in fatal incidents has almost halved in the last ten years. This is partly due to the investment by the logistics industry in improved vehicles, drivers and operating practices.”
HGVs and Cyclists
FTA has said that it believes that the Partnership is a correct priority given the number of HGVs and cyclist incidents in London, and the involvement of seriously non-compliant vehicles in them.
Mr Snelling added: “Increased enforcement using the intelligent, targeted approach taken in London is the right way to go as it allows us to prevent the small minority of operators who do not seek to follow the rules from using the roads. To have maximum effect this work needs to be part of a wide-ranging safety programme which encourages safe and legal behaviour by all road users.”
London Freight Enforcement Partnership will include more than 90 DVSA and police officers and a team of analysts, sharing intelligence about road haulage safety. The Partnership between TfL, the DVSA, the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police, is said to enhance the agencies’ enforcement work through better co-ordination of intelligence at both a strategic and tactical level.