FTA delivered its London Elections 2016 – Freight Manifesto to the
Mayoral candidates in the city today, along with a box of trucks
illustrating how many freight vehicles it would take to build and
furnish an average sized three bedroom house.
In the Manifesto, FTA outlines how all London’s needs require freight
movements and looks closely at the example of housing, stating that in
order to build just one house at least 34 commercial vehicles would be
In addition, the Association urged the candidates to avoid simplistic
blanket approaches such as HGV bans, saying that such a policy would
massively increase the cost of doing business in London – especially
construction – without achieving the safety gains assumed.
David Wells – FTA Chief Executive said: “Freight is vital to the
future of London. Cities are built by freight and they live on freight.
The social importance of the logistics industry is all too often
“FTA’s Manifesto emphasises that freight is always only used when
there is a purpose. Construction is a great example of this – London
apparently needs 59,000 new homes built every year. It is clear that you
cannot get this done without the use of lorries to supply the building
and fitting of them.”
London’s people and businesses require over 360,000 tonnes of goods
to be supplied by lorry each day. That’s 15,000 tonnes picked up or
dropped off each hour, or 250 tonnes every minute; as this figure
excludes vans and other modes, it is only a part of what freight
Freight has social costs – in accidents and emissions. But these are
being addressed through investment in new technology, better driving
practices and better enforcing existing regulations.
Mr Wells added: “FTA believes that working with the logistics
industry, the next Mayor of London and the London Assembly can make the
capital a better place to live and work.”
A copy of the FTA London Elections 2016 – Freight Manifesto can be downloaded at: www.fta.co.uk/_galleries/downloads/london-election-manifesto-2016.pdf
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