This article examines the implications for hauliers of the Government transport policy, as indicated in the Queen's Speech in November 1999. Although the forthcoming Transport Bill seems to have been given lower priority in the legislative timetable, the Government still wishes to proceed with a comprehensive package of measures which it believes will transform every aspect of transport. There will be substantial change in the freight transport sector, as well as for passenger transport. High priority is being given to reducing heavy vehicles' impact on the environment and on the health of those living in busy areas. Various measures will be proposed for this purpose, of which the most controversial will be local authorities' powers to specify roads that it will charge drivers to use; money raised from this would be spent to develop local transport facilities. Many hauliers fear that they could face huge rises in running costs if road pricing becomes widespread, and they feel that they would be unfairly penalised when they have little say over where their vehicles need to travel. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is seeking an exemption from road charges. The Bill would also set up a Strategic Rail Authority to promote rail freight, and it would allow some use of 41t and perhaps also 44t lorries.

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  • Authors:
    • HAGAN, P
  • Publication Date: 1999-12


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 34-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 190
    • Issue Number: 4855
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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  • Accession Number: 00790264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM