RHA launches manifesto to support firms operating in London

RHA launches manifesto to support firms operating in London

15 Apr 2024 Posted By Joe Scotting

The RHA has called on the next Mayor for London for more support for the haulage and coach sectors.

In its Supplying London – The Road Freight and Coach Industry Manifesto for London, the Association sets out its key asks ahead of the 2 May London mayoral election.

Key recommendations:

Appoint a freight commissioner
They could coordinate logistics-related policy across devolved government and liaise between various bodies including: Transport for London, London Councils and Freight Quality Partnerships to ensure that the needs of the freight industry are considered and embedded in the policy making process and in the London Plan.

Establish a London freight council
Bringing together industry representatives and government officials from across Greater London will ensure better understanding and focus on delivering for Londoners.

Ensure road freight regulation is backed by industry
With a voice for road freight and logistics established in London government, we can work together to ensure any policy or regulations relevant to those delivering for the capital is supported by the industry and will achieve desired outcomes.

Maintain access for lorries where they are needed
We seek a commitment from the Mayor of London and TfL to identify and maintain key freight routes in the capital which could reduce congestion and improve air quality. The Mayor should also consider traffic prioritisation on these routes including allowing bus lanes to be used by HGVs to reduce congestion. Major infrastructure projects and new developments must ensure adequate loading bays and kerbside access are provided to HGVs to ensure efficient deliveries.

Create a London coach strategy
The RHA would support the creation of a distinct London Coach Strategy, focused on improving coordination between TfL and the Boroughs on the infrastructure coaches need and measures to discourage idle running and unnecessary circulation.

Address skills gaps
The next Mayor should ensure the industry has access to the local skills it needs via the London Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), the devolved Adult Education Budget, and Skills Bootcamps. The Adult Education Budget must meet the requirements of the freight and coach industries so that learners can secure employment in our sector.

Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said:

“We are committed to working with the next Mayor of London to ensure more efficient freight and coach journeys. Our members based in the capital stand ready to work with the next Mayor to take forward the priorities within this manifesto and ensure London’s commercial vehicle sector has the support it needs.”

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