Suspension of delivery hours is “vital step forward” says FTA

London, UK: The London Councils’ decision to suspend the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) will allow logistics businesses to keep supermarkets and other retailers stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to FTA. The London Councils has agreed to suspend the LLCS until 30 April 2020. 

David Wells, chief executive, FTA, recently wrote to the chair of London Councils urging him to extend the hours in which deliveries can be made to supermarkets to help keep shelved stocked during this crisis.

He says: “FTA and its members strongly welcome the London Councils’ decision to listen to our advice and suspend temporarily the London Lorry Control Scheme; this is a vital step forward in the industry’s response to the challenges posed by COVID-19. By extending the hours in which deliveries can be made, it strengthens the resilience of the supply chain and helps businesses to keep supermarkets stocked with the essential items consumers need to remain healthy and safe during this unprecedented time, including food, hygiene products and other basic items.  

“We advise all logistics businesses affected by this decision to follow the guidance and code of practice developed by Transport for London, with support from FTA. By following this advice, operators can understand how to retime their deliveries effectively, while not disturbing local residents.” 
The guidance and code of practice are available to view online.

The Road Haulage Association had also called on officials to lift restrictions on trucks delivering overnight and at weekends in the capital.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Suspension of the LLCS is just one of the points that we highlighted with officials and one of the radical measures needing implementation during these uncertain times; we are pleased that our voice has been heard.

“The suspension will provide operators with greater flexibility to ensure the supply chain is resilient enough to deliver the food, medicines and other goods London needs.

“It will be important for operators who undertake night-time deliveries that they ensure that operations are as quiet as possible.”

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