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1,000 HGV fixed penalty notices in London

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) in the UK has reiterated its support for London’s Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF). This follows the Transport for London (TfL) announcement that the project has now resulted in the issuing of over 1,000 Fixed Penalty Notices to HGVs in London over the last 15 months.
FTA-Christopher-Snelling_popupFTA’s Head of Urban Logistics Policy Christopher Snelling said: “FTA thinks the IHTF is working well.  Its success is based on it being a targeted programme – identifying the potential non-compliant vehicles though intelligence or observation, and focusing on them for enforcement action. This has allowed the IHTF to concentrate their efforts on the more serious infractions by a tiny minority of operators whilst letting the vast majority of HGV operators get about their business of providing London with the goods it needs to keep working.”

Mr Snelling added: “It should be remembered that every day over 360,000 tonnes of goods are moved by thousands and thousands of lorries in London. The examples of non-compliance found by the IHTF are not representative of the industry as whole as they are based on a highly targeted operation.”

FTA provides market leading vehicle inspection services, tachograph analysis and additional safety related products through Shopfta – all part of the Association’s mission to help ensure the highest safety standards in the logistics industry.

Snelling concluded: “FTA members spend thousands of pounds making sure each vehicle and driver is safe on the road and do not want to be undercut commercially by any of the small number of operators who work to a lower standard.”