City of London Lorry Ban
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THE Minister of Transport has announced that the ban on heavy commercial vehicles using many City of London streets as a through route will come into force towards the end of August. This ban was fore-shadowed in the lorry route proposals. The Minister is therefore making an experimental traffic order to prohibit goods vehicles exceeding 3 tons unladen weight from passing through the City between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays. Heavy vehicles which have business in the prohibited area may proceed normally but drivers, if stopped by the police, will be expected to prove that they have a genuine need to be there. The prohibited area is bounded by Cannon Street. Eastcheap, Houndsditch, Minories, Liverpool Street, London Wall and Aldersgate. Special signs will be erected at the entrances to prohibited streets and advance signs will indicate the prohibition ahead and show the alternative routes available. These alternative routes roughly form a ring around the prohibited area. The Minister hopes that drivers of heavy goods vehicles will plan their routes to avoid the City area generally if practicable. Reaction of the Road Haulage Association and the Traders Road Transport Association to the ban was favourable. Both bodies agreed that the principle of the scheme was sound and should prove helpful in relieving congestion in the City's many narrow streets Steps arc being taken to inform all member drivers of details of the ban.