London truck charges return will hamper recovery

15th May 2020

The RHA has warned that the imminent reactivation of London’s vehicle charging schemes will choke business recovery.

Sadiq Khan has announced that LEZ and ULEZ charging will be reintroduced in the capital on Monday (18 May).

But the RHA has branded the timing of the move ‘shockingly nonsensical’, accusing London’s mayor of ignoring the economic impact the pandemic is having on firms operating in the capital.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “It’s incredibly late notice and far too early to reimpose crippling levies when firms are trying to salvage what’s left of their businesses. 

“The economy will only recover with pragmatic political leadership at national and local levels clearing away the hurdles to help businesses back on their feet.

“But London has chosen a different path – adding weight to the view that its leaders fail to grasp the logic that an economy only thrives when goods can be moved efficiently.”

The move comes amid wider RHA concerns about the mayor’s plans to ‘reallocate’ road space and the practical and economic impacts these will have on firms delivering in the capital.

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