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London’s IHTF have issued 1000 fixed penalty notices

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:00

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The capitals Industrial HGV Taskforce has now issued over 1,000 Fixed Penalty Notices to HGVs

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that the capitals Industrial HGV Taskforce (IHTF) have now issued of over 1,000 Fixed Penalty Notices to HGVs in London over the last 15 months.

The IHTF have been predominantly working off a targeted programme – identifying potential non-compliant vehicles through intelligence or observation, and focusing on them for enforcement action. This approach has allowed the IHTF to concentrate their efforts on serious infractions by a tiny minority of operators while letting the vast majority of HGV operators go about their business of providing London with the goods it needs to keep working.

Fixed penalty notices were issued for various driver and vehicle related infringements including bald tyres, defective steering and brakes, and use of mobile phones while driving.

The FTA, for one, are happy with the enforcements, with their Head of Urban Logistics Policy, Christopher Snelling, commenting:
“FTA members spend thousands of pounds making sure each vehicle and driver is safe on the road and do not want to be undercut commercially by any of the small number of operators who work to a lower standard.”

Over 360,000 tonnes of goods are moved by thousands and thousands of lorries in London every day and it should be stated that examples of non-compliance found by the IHTF are not representative of the industry as whole as they are based on a highly targeted operation.

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