The Road Haulage Association hails Southampton City Council’s decision to abandon plans to charge hauliers to enter a clean air zone ‘a victory for common sense’.
The local authority had been instructed by the Government to tackle harmful emissions and announced plans to introduce a CAZ where pre-Euro VI lorries would be charged £100 per day to enter.
But they’ve scrapped the plan following a public consultation and relentless lobbying by the RHA and concerned hauliers. Instead they’re proposing other measures to curb excessive emissions.
RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett says it’s a massive win for the industry and will come as a huge relief to hauliers who operate in the city.
“Southampton has made the right decision dropping a charging CAZ scheme that would have put businesses and livelihoods at risk.
“This sends out a clear message to town halls across the country that CAZ schemes are a flawed concept – they’re short-sighted and anti-business. This is a victory for common sense.”
Notes to Editors
The RHA looks forward to working with Southampton City Council on their new plans to promote freight consolidation and an HGV operators’ accreditation scheme.
Southampton will submit its final business case to the Government by 31 January.