Should Drivers of Refrigerated Vehicles be Exempt from the London Congestion Tax?

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The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believes that anyone making deliveries using refrigerated vehicles should be exempt from the London Congestion Tax. This tax remains one of the largest congestion charge zones in the world and has been in place for 10 years.

The FTA believes that it is impractical to use refrigeration on public transport to deliver fresh or frozen items and there are no alternative modes for making the ‘to the door’ deliveries that London requires. There is not even any ‘delivery free times’ that might encourage refrigerated deliveries to be made outside the rush hour. Transport for London (TfL) are being urged by the Association to take into account all available options for providing exemptions and discounts to the Scheme for freight.

“Whilst traffic has now risen back to pre-charging levels, there is no doubt that congestion in central London would be far worse without it” said Natalie Chapman, FTA head of policy ¬ London. “However, FTA believes that the Congestion Charge is purely a tax on deliveries and its focus should be to deter discretionary or non-essential journeys where there is an option to choose an alternative time or to use public transport.”

Thousands of daily deliveries are made by refrigerated vehicles/trucks to businesses to keep their stock levels up; if these were not made then London would grind to a halt very quickly.

There is no reason why out-of-rush hour daytime delivery vehicles should not be exempt from the charge; thenVansA2Z can stop referring to it as a tax. Currently that¹s exactly what it is for many companies operating refrigerated vehicles.

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