THE Freight Transport Association has denied claims by the Local Government Association that lorries are bringing
THE Freight Transport Association has denied claims by the Local Government Association that lorries are bringing bedlam to Britain’s villages.
The LGA is calling for local councils to have more powers to tackle HGV drivers who breach weight and width restrictions.
But the FTA says most drivers do adhere to the regulations and that many HGV journeys through villages are necessary to supply goods to shops, pubs and other local businesses - or to deliver groceries and heavy furniture to homes.
Christopher Snelling, the FTA’s head of urban logistics said: “The FTA fully supports enforcement of weight and width restrictions and actively helps its members to adhere to these with regular updates on regulations and industry innovations.
“Transferring responsibility for policing these restrictions to local residents would be fraught with problems because most would not have the relevant knowledge to make judgments. Weight limits are not HGV bans and residents may not understand different sizes of trucks. Also, most weight restrictions are on an ‘except for access’ basis â?? some HGVs may be making legitimate visits to local business or indeed residents, such as home removals or washing machine deliveries.”
The LGA had earlier called on the government to enable councils to take enforcement action because “villages and rural communities across the country have been blighted by a spate of lorry smashes”.