The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believe the next Mayor of London should work in closer alignment with the logistics sector to make the capital cleaner and safer.
Logistics for London has been launched by the Association – the major voice for the logistics industry – detailing what it requires from the next Mayor to ensure the city operates efficiently.
In particular, the FTA believe the next Mayor of London must make logistics “part of the solution” so that targets for emissions and road safety are hit.
Elsewhere in the document, the Association has called for increased enforcement against those HGV operators that do not comply with the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) – which in itself, needs to be reformed according to Logistics for London.
Denise Beedell is the Policy Manager for Vans and Urban at FTA. She said: “Logistics is at the heart of the everyday functioning of London and we call on the next Mayor of London to work closely with the logistics industry to make the capital a better place to live, work and visit.
“Logistics can, and must, be part of the solution to meet emissions reduction targets, improve road safety and boost supply chain efficiency.
“Our industry keeps London supplied with goods and services, clears the waste, supports jobs and keeps the capital going, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Ms Beedell added that, because of increasing importance of schemes such as the Ultra Low Emission Zone and Direct Vision Standard, that a Freight Commissioner should be appointed to “ensure all schemes are designed holistically and adopted consistently across the capital.”
The next Mayoral election will be held on 7 May 2020; incumbent Mayor, Sadiq Khan, will stand for re-election after more than half of local parties and party affiliates in London voted to automatically re-select him.
He will be up against Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate, Siobhan Benita from the Liberal Democrats, Green Party co-leader Sian Berry, and Rory Stewart, former candidate to become Conservative leader, now standing as an independent.