RESPONDING to the announcement from London Councils to re-reintroduce the London Lorry Control Scheme on 1 June, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: ‘I find their decision at this extremely sensitive time to be beyond belief.

‘They were one of the first enforcement authorities in London to react to the COVID-19 emergency, suspending enforcement of the LLCS on 17 March 2020. Following discussions with freight industry representatives, they decided to extend the suspension from the end of April until the end of May.

‘Lockdown is beginning to ease, but there is still a long way to go,’ said Richard Burnett. ‘To extend the suspension for another month would really help the industry that is trying to get back on the road as quickly as it can. But to reintroduce the Control Scheme with less than a week’s notice, amounts to little more than kicking an industry when it’s down.