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A CONTROVERSIAL schen to ban heavy lorries at nigl from Inner London has bet abandoned.
The ban plan, which w scheduled to be brought later this year, was put on ti scrap heap by the Great London Council's Transpo Committee at its meeting ( Tuesday.
An estimated 1,400 trucks night would have been hit 1 the restriction, which wou have been enforced betwe( 7pm and lam on vehicles ov 40 feet long within an an bounded by the North ar South Circular roads.
And, if the scheme had be successful, the GLC was cor mitted to taking a long hai look at a 24-hour ban.
The night ban would hal cost £159,000 and the mon( would have needed to be pa out during the recent announced six-month mon torium on transport spendini This, coupled with Metn politan Police doubts aboi the enforcement of the schen and strong opposition fro twelve London boroughs, le the Transport Committee wit little choice in its decision.
This was good news for tl haulier — both the Freigl Transport Association and t1 Road Haulage Association Ilkfiercely attacked the schen — and there was more to con when the Committee accept( a formal policy document c freight movement.
The policy statement, whic now becomes the blueprint ft freight in London, says th the industry represents a important element of tt economy, with expenditure c lorry movement exceedin that of cars.
Freight and warehousin accounts for 10-15 per cent London's total income and" is therefore in London's inte est to retain this activit wherever possible and t encourage its more remunen tive aspects."
This had to be balancE