Leading businesses in the freight industry have reiterated calls for a dedicated Freight Commissioner to be appointed in London.
Organisations including the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the London Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have called for the Mayor of London to appoint somebody into this important role in order to implement the transport strategy.
It comes as a direct response to the Mayor’s own Freight Action Plan, and follows a series of recommendations made by the London Assembly Transport Committee.
Those recommendations included calls for Transport for London (TfL) to reinstate a dedicated freight team that can work with teams throughout the whole organisation, as well as external stakeholders.
Other organisations have gone even further, and believe that a Freight Commissioner is vital to the delivery of the many important policies that the Mayor is looking to implement, including the Vision Zero commitment and introduction of low emission zones.
By appointing a Freight Commissioner, the feeling is that it will provide a holistic and consistent approach to deliver these schemes across the 33 boroughs in London.
Natalie Chapman is the Head of South of England and Urban Policy at the FTA.
She said the need for a strong voice is “urgent.”
“The logistics sector is more than willing to support the Mayor of London in his vision to make London’s roads cleaner and safer, but we need the political leadership and support to do so; there is an urgent need for a strong voice to champion freight transport and its particular interests with concerns across London.
“With many new initiatives in the pipeline, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone and Vision Zero, a dedicated Freight Commissioner is necessary to ensure these schemes are designed holistically and adopted consistently across the capital’s ever-changing landscape.
“Without this, London’s 33 boroughs may end up implementing schemes in slightly different ways, which could make the regulatory environment even more complex than it currently is for the logistics industry.”