FTA releases Olympics support guide

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The Freight Transport Association has released its guidance to making deliveries in London and other Olympic games venues during the summer, including maps and details of restrictions.

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London, said: “It is vital that commercial vehicle operators intending to deliver into London and other Games venues over the next three and half months understand the restrictions and disruption that will be caused by the Games and plan around it.”

The FTA support guide also includes advice on attendance and unauthorised absence; volunteering as an Olympics support worker; arranging night-time deliveries; and instructing drivers on additional precautions to be taken at a time of heightened security.
Chapman warns: “London’s roads are the most heavily regulated in the country with the London Lorry Control Scheme limiting routes at night-time and weekends and the Low Emission Zone effectively dictating the age of vehicles that can operate in Greater London.  Add to that the Congestion Charge Zone and the all the normal parking and loading restrictions that will continue to  apply and London will be a delivery minefield ready to trigger fines, penalty charge notices and ultimately licence revocation for the unwary and unprepared.”

It has also revealed further details of its Olympics Freight Solutions event taking place in May.

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