VLA set to scupper charge
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n Livingstone's controverplan to charge drivers ing central London could done by the DVLA:s poor d keeping, motoring Is are warning.
cm next February all vehiantering the heart of the 11 between 07:00hrs and irs must have bought a £5 it and logged their regisn number onto the m. Fee evaders' details will ssed on to the DVLA.
mover, many of the 'ds held at the DVLA's is in Swansea are out of Up to a quarter could be g—up to 25% of parking s Issued using data supby DVLA fail to reach the person driving the vehicle at the time of the offence.
If 25% of drivers avoid paying the charge it could scupper the whole scheme's viability.
While most hauliers would welcome its demise, they could be forced to pay more in the future if Transport for London tries to recoup revenues lost by those evading the charges.
Commercial vehicles are much more likely to have their correct owners registered at DVLA so operators will be unable to avoid the charges.
• The Freight Transport Association is campaigning for the London Lorry Ban to he reformed at the same time as the charges are introduced.
The FTA, which estimates that the LLB costs the haulage industry £30m per year, points out that hauliers who want to avoid the most congested times of the day (and the associated charges) will have just two-and-a-half hours to make deliveries before the night-time ban comes into force at 21:00hrs. This, it points out, hardly fits In with London's 24/7 culture.
According to regional policy manager Ken Costello, relaxing the ban on a small number of key routes could make a huge difference to operators making deliveries In the capital.
"The night-time routes In and out of the London are highly restricted and don't offer good access—particularly for those entering South London. A lot has changed since It was introduced and the ban Is now out of date. Today's trucks now produce half the noise and far fewer emissions than they did eight years ago and it's time for a review."