FTA denies HGVs bring ‘bedlam’ to villages

The FTA (Freight Transport Association) have denied claims that HGVs bring "bedlam" to villages. The claims were made by the LGA (Local Government Association), who have called for local councils to have more powers to tackle HGV drivers who breach weight and width restrictions.

But the FTA said most drivers do adhere to the regulations and that many HGV journeys through villages are necessary to supply goods to village shops, pubs and other local businesses, or to deliver groceries and heavy furniture items to homes.
Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of Urban Logistics said: “FTA fully supports enforcement of weight and width restrictions and actively helps its members to adhere to these with regular updates on regulations and industry innovations. Transferring responsibility for policing these restrictions to local residents would be fraught with problems because most would not have the relevant knowledge to make judgements.
“Weight limits are not HGV bans and residents may not understand different sizes of trucks.  Also, most weight restrictions are on an ‘except for access’ basis – some HGVs may be making legitimate visits to local business or indeed residents, such as home removals or washing machine deliveries.”
The LGA has issued a press release calling on the Government to enable councils to take enforcement action because “villages and rural communities across the country have been blighted by a recent spate of lorry smashes”.
The Department for Transport figures show that deaths and serious injuries involving lorries have halved in the last 10 years and the four examples in the past 10 years quoted by LGA don’t illustrate that the problem of lorries in villages constitutes a spate or are getting worse, the FTA said.

Snelling added: “The logistics industry is working hard to reduce the problem of HGVs using inappropriate routes, such as HGV-specific sat navs that are now on the market. Most operators do follow the rules, and the handful that don’t should be detected and dealt with.”

FTA also noted that in the most recent year for which we have figures, HGVs were involved in less than a third of motorway deaths, as opposed to more than half as quoted by the LGA.


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  • Mike Gillson - 22/06/2015 09:29

    I'm sorry, but like many arguments against HGVs these days it is based on incorrect and spurious information, combined with this NIMBY attitude. People want rural jobs and services, but don't want lorries delivering to the village shop, pub, local farms or the light industrial estate on the edge of the village. The same is true of the home deliveries, whether it is furniture or building materials etc. The solution is simple - enforce current legislation and 'rogue' operators will soon get the message.

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