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Safety | HGV accident prevention

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Businesses prepare for London emission charges

Businesses including coach operators and HGV fleet managers are preparing for the introduction of an Emissions Surcharge, known as the ‘T-charge,’ in central London, which aims to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles.

The charge, which is an additional £10 charge on top of what drivers will already pay to enter the Congestion Charge Zone, comes into effect from 23 October, and applies to petrol and diesel vehicles which fall below the Euro 4 emission standard.

Charges will increase from October to enter the Congestion Charge Zone in central London

Euro 4 stipulates that vehicles must emit no more than 0.08g/km of NOx for petrol vehicles or 0.25g/km for diesel to achieve the standard.

This will essentially mean that cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs built prior to 2005 will be subject to a charge of more than £20 per day to enter the centre of London. Transport for London has estimated that as many as 8,850 vehicles will be subject to the charge every day.

Some exemptions exist, with motorcycles, mopeds and scooters currently exempt from the Congestion Charge also exempt from the T-Charge, while residents registered for the Congestion Charge Residents’ Discount will automatically be registered for a 90% discount on the T-Charge.

Vehicle owners can use a specially created online vehicle compliance checker, on the TfL website[1] to establish whether their vehicle is affected by the T-Charge and get advice on what action, if any, they need to take.

Charges for vehicles to enter Congestion Charge Zone, after October 2017

Vehicle type (includes hybrid vehicles)  Minimum emission standard  Congestion Charge amount T-Charge amount (if emission standard not met) Total daily payment (if emission standard not met)
Motorised tricycles and quadricycles Euro 3 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Cars, and small vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladen weight and not exceeding 3500kg GVW) Euro 4 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Vans (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW) and Minibuses (not exceeding 5,000kg GVW)* Euro 4 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
HGVs (exceeding 3,500kg GVW) Euro 4 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Coaches and buses (exceeding 5,000kg GVW) Euro 4 £0** £10 £10
Vehicles registered for Residents’ Discount As above depending on your vehicle type £1.05 (Auto Pay) £1 £2.05 (Auto Pay)

Source: TfL

The Emissions Surcharge is one of a host of measures introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in a bid to improve air quality in the capital, and comes ahead of the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) which will eventually be in effect across Greater London.

Commenting on the proposals earlier this year, the Mayor said: “Londoners overwhelmingly support my plans to introduce this £10 charge because they feel when it comes to battling pollution the time for action is now.

“The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019.”

ULEZ

The ULEZ will further toughen emissions standards in the capital, with petrol cars, vans and minibuses required to meet the Euro 4 standard, whilst diesel vehicles will be required to meet the latest Euro 6 standard in order to avoid a charge of £12.50 per day. HGVs and buses or coaches falling below the Euro 6 standard will be subject to a £100 per day ULEZ charge.

The initial area proposed to be included in the ULEZ from April 2019

The ULEZ will first come into effect in central London from April 2019, having been brought forward 18 months by Sadiq Khan, before its expected roll out across Greater London for heavy diesel vehicles, including buses, coaches and lorries in 2020, and up to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021.

Despite having been welcomed by air quality campaigners – some of whom feel that the measure should be brought in quicker – the introduction of the ULEZ in 2019 has been met with concern from fleet operators.

Concerns

Responding to a consultation on the proposed timing of the ULEZ earlier this year, the Road Haulage Association said that the measure would effectively ‘scrap many modern and expensive vehicles well before their time’.

The organisation has argued that bringing the ULEZ forward does not give sufficient time for vehicle operators to effectively manage the change to newer Euro 6 vehicles.

It added: “Operators have already planned their vehicle purchasing and leases around the original September 2020 date. Late changes such as this will make the purchasing process more expensive. For the operators of specialised freight vehicles, the problem will be even more acute.”

References

  1. ^ TfL website (tfl.gov.uk)

London Lorry Control Scheme review makes positive recommendations

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Recommendations for improvements to the London Lorry Control Scheme have been agreed by London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC). A major review of the London Lorry Control Scheme has been taking place since late last year. After months of engagement with stakeholders, TEC has now given its seal of…

Recommendations for improvements to the London Lorry Control Scheme have been agreed by London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC).

A major review of the London Lorry Control Scheme has been taking place since late last year. After months of engagement with stakeholders, TEC has now given its seal of approval to the review’s findings and proposals for future work.

The London Lorry Control Scheme is managed by London Councils on behalf of London’s boroughs, and it controls the routes that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 18 tonnes can use at night and at weekends. The scheme has been in place since the mid-1980s to help reduce noise pollution in residential areas during the night.

The review aimed to ensure that the scheme continues to provide essential environmental benefits and protection for Londoners and is integrated with other existing and emerging freight and environmental management initiatives being led by the Mayor and London boroughs.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ TEC Committee, said:

“The movement of freight is vital to the success of London’s growing population and economy but as demand for goods and services grow, so does the number of lorries on our roads. The London Lorry Control Scheme has played an important role in reducing the impact of freight movements on the lives of Londoners for over 30 years. The review’s findings will help us ensure the freight industry can meet the challenges it faces while continuing to help Londoners get a good nights’ sleep.”

Key recommendations of the London Lorry Control Scheme review:

– Raise awareness of the London Lorry Control Scheme’s purpose, benefits and rules among key stakeholders such as the freight industry, London boroughs, residents’ groups, businesses and international freight organisations. This will involve updating the scheme’s website and online portal, as well as exploring new technologies to make it easier for freight operators to plan and follow compliant routes.

– Develop “noise standards” for vehicle and infrastructure design that properly reflect how existing and new technologies could improve the operation of the scheme and the restrictions that apply to vehicles.

– Trial the use of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) enforcement to improve compliance.

– Reassess the scheme’s restrictions, such as routes, hours of control, the weight limit, traffic signs and vehicle exemptions, particularly in line with the advancements in vehicle design and serving the needs and demands of London’s growing 24/7 economy.

– Update online systems and processes to improve the day-to-day administration of the scheme.

A range of stakeholders, including those representing businesses, London residents, freight operators, London boroughs, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, have been involved in the review and have helped to identify a number of areas for possible changes and improvements to the scheme.

Denise Beedell, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Development Manager, Greater London, said:

“The FSB is pleased to have been involved with the London Lorry Control Scheme Review. Since the start of the LLCS in 1985, this first major review has been long overdue. The economic landscape of London today is very different from 40 years ago, so it is right that the scheme is reviewed to ensure fairness to all including small and micro businesses who are the driving force behind our capital’s economic prosperity.

“FSB supports the recommendations made by the Steering and Working Group members including making better use of technology, updating mapping tools, developing a better communications strategy to improve understanding of the system and wider transport industry engagement in and beyond London. In the longer term, we are pleased to see that a full review of the Excluded Route Network has been recommended as well as exploration of vehicle noise standards and exemptions for quiet fleets.”

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Deadline Looms as London Mayor Aims to Impose Design Restrictions on Road Haulage Vehicles

Consultation Affecting Freight Carriers in the Capital Ends ShortlyShipping News Feature UK – Road haulage companies which operate in London are reminded that they have until only 18 April 2017 to respond to the public consultation[1] based around changing the design of HGV cabs to ensure better direct vision for the driver. Whilst this in itself is in no way a contentious issue for most, the attitude of the current mayor seems to indicate he is unaware of how seriously a sudden change in standards would affect the cost of business in the capital.

Our latest article[2] on the subject, written when the consultation was announced, told how the proposals angered road freight representatives which accused Sadiq Kahn[3] of ignorance of how the international nature of vehicle design works and ignoring the major factors in accidents between HGV’s and both cyclists and pedestrians, quoting Transport for London’s (TFL[4]) own research.

Hauliers claim that the attitude of the mayor has meant that, coupled with the changing demands of the Low (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ), it was impossible to assess exactly what vehicles to invest in, that for those which can actually afford to change their fleets to permissible trucks.

The mayor’s proposed Direct Vision Standard for HGVs, based on a zero to five star rating system to define how much an HGV driver can see directly from each vehicle’s cab, rather than through mirrors or other equipment, he wishes to be a world first. This looks to the transport industry both insular, ill thought out and yet another cash cow for the administration given the impracticality of so many vehicles which enter the capital, both from home and abroad, changing international standards to suit London streets.

Given the administrations fondness for simply imposing a charge when standards change, as with the congestion charge, LEZ etc., and the intention on removing completely from the streets the lowest rated vehicles on the new vision scale by just 2020 and any below three ‘stars’ by 2024, all in the name of safety, this latest change will look to many as no more than a cynical cash cow for TfL and a publicity stunt for the mayor.

Whilst nobody would deny that a zero target for road deaths is an admirable aim, the changes to emission levels achieved through better engine design and a levy on more polluting vehicles, are centred on reducing the estimated 11,500 annual deaths in London now caused by pollution levels[5] unseen in the capital since the 1950’s. In 2010 a study commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and TfL estimated 9,500 people perished as a direct result of particulate and NO2 in the atmosphere.

Just this week the mayor, in conjunction with his counterpart in Paris, announced a new ‘cleaner vehicle checker[6]’ for cars and with road haulage outfits concentrating on reducing these horrendous pollution statistics through the purchase of the latest Euro standard vehicles, are they now to find these expensive investments scorned by the authorities, the very body whose unilateral change in acceptable standards prompted such huge investments in the first place?

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References

  1. ^ public consultation (consultations.tfl.gov.uk)
  2. ^ latest article (www.handyshippingguide.com)
  3. ^ Sadiq Kahn (www.london.gov.uk)
  4. ^ TFL (tfl.gov.uk)
  5. ^ pollution levels (www.londonair.org.uk)
  6. ^ cleaner vehicle checker (www.london.gov.uk)

Direct Vision proposal for HGVs ‘completely unjustified’, says RHA26 January 2017

Transport for London has launched a consultation on London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed Direct Vision Standard, and is pointing to new research that “proves that having direct vision from the cab of a lorry… has a substantial impact on improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists”.

As part of the research, says TfL, a simulator was used to replicate a real-life driving situation for the first time. It showed that driver response was 0.7 seconds slower when checking blind spots and monitors compared with looking directly through windows – a delay that could mean a lorry travelling an extra 1.5 metres.

Direct Vision proposals including rating HGVs from zero to five stars, with zero-rated vehicles banned from London’s streets by 2020.

TfL and the Greater London Authority will include the new Direct Vision Standard in new contracts from April – a move, says TfL that will “further stimulate the market for safer lorries”.

Sadiq Khan says: “Our ground-breaking Direct Vision Standard will be the first of its kind in the world, and TfL will lead by example by not using any zero-star lorries in its future supply chain.”

Julian Bell, chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, adds: “It is taking far too long for lorry manufacturers to realise that their outdated juggernaut-style vehicles are not suitable for our city street environments. More needs to be done to improve lorry safety standards at a national and international level, but in the meantime, I welcome this intervention from TfL to set a safer standard for London.”

The Road Haulage Association is critical of the tone and content of this consultation, which closes on 18 April and which will be followed by a second consultation in the summer.

RHA director of policy Jack Semple says: “This is completely the wrong message, completely unjustified and completely unsupported by evidence. We are very concerned to learn this is the first of a series of consultations about HGVs.

“This is the same Transport for London that has seen congestion soar by 30% in two years (2014-15) despite reducing traffic levels – and that’s even before the latest log-jams in central London.”

Semple also slammed the mayor’s claims to understand business: “He is showing no signs of that as far as HGVs are concerned. HGVs are good for London and we need them to replace many of the vans that are taking over London’s streets.

“We look for evidence from TfL and we get none. We will be doing a full analysis of the consultation and responding in due course.”

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