Last reviewed 29 October 2021
Logistics UK has welcomed the commitment to improve the quality of available heavy goods vehicle (HGV) parking spaces that was made in the Chancellor’s recent Budget speech.
However, it points out that the Government’s own figures estimate there is currently a shortfall of more than 1400 spaces nationally and there is thus a great deal of work to be done.
The trade body also commented on the Budget announcement about the continued freeze on fuel duty and agreed that this will assist the logistics sector in its move to decarbonisation by 2050.
Elizabeth de Jong, the organisation’s policy director, said that the policy will enable businesses to switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles more smoothly.
“The impact of the pandemic on the economy, and our industry in particular, has made vehicle replacement planning particularly challenging,” she went on.
The logistics sector traditionally runs on extremely narrow margins, with limited amounts of money available for vehicle purchase, Ms de Jong pointed out, and the removal of uncertainty over fuel duty levels for another year will give the industry time to plan vehicle replacements more effectively.
She also welcomed moves to freeze HGV excise duty and to extend the suspension of the HGV levy for a year, arguing that these will make the operation of vehicles more cost effective.