Howell bashes Labour
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THE GOVERNMENT has risen to the defence of its own record on lorry controls, with Transport Secretary David Howell telling his Guildford constituents that the Labour Party had acted against the needs of the environment.
He said Labour had stood out against the Government's "robust" programme of lorry controls which would mean fewer lorries more lorry routeing and more by-passes. "Labour didn't like it. Why? Because fewer vehicles means fewer drivers. And Labour wants to see more drivers and thus more vehicles on the roads," Mr Howell claimed.
"We have done more than any past Government to tackle the severe environmental problems of lorries. Labour fought us all the way."
Mr Howell added that Labour's proposals for more licensing and controls would add costs to the freight industry.