Christian Wolmar looks at night-time working as a solution to the freight challenge
Since 1985, London has had a night-time ‘lorry ban’ which effectively rules out most HGV movements after 9pm and before 7am.
In fact, although it is popularly known as a ban, hauliers can apply for permission if their movements are deemed necessary.
Outside London, there is no such formal constraint, but the FTA says that, in effect, with many local restrictions and noise concerns, few of their members would dare to rely on night-time working into city centres.
There is a strong argument to suggest this is now counterproductive.
Delivering at night would reduce fuel consumption and therefore improve air quality because there is less traffic. Lorries are much quieter than 35 years ago and electric mid-sized vehicles are likely to be available which would make even less noise.
This might require consideration on a case-by-case basis, but there may well be enormous benefits in terms of sustainability if it can be made politically acceptable.
Read Christian Wolmar's full article on the freight challenge and potential solutuions from the Smart Transport Journal