We want a cleaner London - but not at any price, says RHA

26-10-2017 00:00

The Road Haulage Association is warning that the London economy risks being damaged by the new Toxin Tax and the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone being imposed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

From Monday, any diesel vehicle registered in 2006 in earlier, which enter the central congestion charge zone face paying an additional £10 on top of the congestion and low emission zone charges. These vehicles are already paying £200 a day for driving into the low emission zone, so the RHA are just seeing it as an additional tax on business in the capital.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said, “We fully appreciate Mayor Khan’s vision for a cleaner, healthier London. It’s a City that is justifiably proud of its position as one of the world’s great business centres and tourist attractions. However, to further penalise the industry that is responsible for keeping the shelves of its stores, restaurants and tourist attractions is not the way to do it.  It’s wrong to punish the lorry industry that moves the UK Economy.

The road freight industry is responsible for the movement of 98% of all the foods we eat and an overwhelming proportion of everything consumed in the UK – yet once again we are the ones getting penalised for doing a crucial and essential job; keeping the economy – especially the economy of London moving. The T-Charge on lorries is a modest tax, but the coming changes the mayor plans for ULEZ in 2019 will be a massive tax burden. It will impose taxes on those operators of lorries just a few years old who simply cannot afford replace nearly new lorries – we will see jobs lost and hauliers put out of business to achieve very modest air quality improvement.  It will mean prices consumers have to pay rising at a time of uncertainty over Brexit that’s a threat to the UK economy.”

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