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16 Jun 2016: HGVs in London - A vital service

Heavy Goods Vehicles - a service for London

London is hectic. Travelling around the capital can feel like an arduous task with its heavily congested roads and packed pavements. The nation’s HGVs have no choice to navigate the city’s complex infrastructure on a daily basis to supply food, materials, medicine, documents and clothes to the city’s 8.6 million inhabitants. It’s not just making deliveries where freight vehicles are essential, the city relies on this transport to remove the tonnes of waste that it produces on a daily basis. In fact, more than 360,000 tonnes of goods are moved into London every day, which is why the capital will always be reliant on Heavy Goods Vehicles. With talk of a peak-time ban on HGVs driving through the capital, the Freight Transport Authority have put together an extensive report on the role that freight plays in maintaining the London’s infrastructure and the better way to manage their deliveries.

Below are three of the biggest concerns that people have about HGVs:

Safety of HGVs

The enforcement of HGV regulations has changed and become much stricter over the last few years, which has in turn reduced the number of bike accidents by 30%. This number could be reduced further by allowing lorries to run through the night when the roads are significantly quieter with much less congestion.

Similarly, the FTA are pushing for HGVs that have a different driving position, which allows the driver to see much more and reduces the size of the blind spot, minimising the risk of an accident occurring.

Emissions that HGVs produce

The majority of vehicles emit harmful gases and despite their significantly larger size and the far higher weight of goods carried compared to cars and vans, HGVs come in well within the acceptable limits for emissions. Indeed, the Euro V1 is one of the cleanest engines of its kind on the road, with Oxides of Nitrogen a staggering 97% lower than the pre-Euro engine average.

This is great news for ensuring HGVs can keep running throughout London as these vehicles will be part of the programme in the capital designed to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. Equally, allowing more HGVs to travel during quieter times when there is less congestion should reduce emissions further.

Need for the volume of freight vehicles

Given the large and growing population in London, it’s no secret that more housing is needed and the current estimate stands at just under 60,000 new houses per year. In order to build these houses, thousands of tonnes of construction materials and waste removal loads will be needed to keep projects running efficiently.

To keep the supply of materials required to meet demand, the amount of HGVs won’t necessarily have to increase, simply run more effectively either driving later hours or through consolidation centres introduced around the capital.

Freight is essential to London’s economy, infrastructure and everyday survival with 90% of the city’s goods being moved on the road.

To see how you could be a part of the freight industry in London, get in touch with us on 0161 452 0452.

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