London Councils is suspending enforcement of the London Lorry Control Scheme with immediate effect to help the freight and logistics industry cope with increasing pressures and demands from the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19.
This move aims to help keep London’s shop shelves filled with essential supplies such as food, toilet rolls and hand sanitiser.
The decision was made in response to freight industry concerns and Government calls on local authorities to lift night-time restrictions on deliveries.
We appreciate that the temporary suspension of enforcement will not solve all supply problems but should help provide some further flexibility for London’s businesses to help them do all they can to meet increasing demands at this challenging time. If you do plan to change your delivery routes and schedules in light of the suspension, please do take care to ensure the routes you use are suitable for your vehicle(s) avoiding narrow streets and low bridges etc. We would also urge you to follow TfL’s retiming deliveries best practice guidance and code of practice to minimise disruption to London’s residents.
Although the enforcement suspension will initially be in place until 30th April 2020, London Councils will keep this under review and will consider extending the suspension if necessary.
During the suspension of the scheme, we would expect vehicle operators to minimise disruption to London residents when planning their routes
Vehicle operators that are not undertaking deliveries in Greater London should continue to avoid traversing through London and use major roads such as the M25. This would avoid additional and unnecessary disruption to residents.