Thursday, March 4, 2010

Trucks Allowed In UK HOV Lane In Landmark Decision

Victory for Common Sense by South Gloucester Council
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) were celebrating a decision by South Gloucestershire Council who have accepted the organisations arguments for the eligibility of HGV’s to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on the Avon Ring road. Although primarily intended as a bus lane and a method of encouraging car sharing, truckers have long argued that the facility impeded their own progress which they considered an equal social priority and a special dispensation should be made.

The A4174 Avon Ring is a vital link that provides access to the whole of the eastern side of the Bristol conurbation, but perhaps more importantly it gives weight to the argument that other similar schemes should view freight traffic in the same light. The RHA’s argument was based around the fact that haulage companies have to respond to customer requirements and have no choice about delivering in morning peak hours.

RHA Regional Director, Mike Farmer commented:

“We used the argument that HGVs should be viewed as freight buses and thus should be allowed to use the HOV lane. We are delighted the Council accepted this view and it is clear they understand fully the importance of HGVs in delivering daily life to Bristol. We are also very pleased that Councils now appear to be listening to us”.