FTA, the leading trade body, has expressed concern at the Government’s proposals to tighten tyre safety standards for lorries, buses and minibuses, but not for commercial vans. In response to the publication of the consultation, James Firth, FTA’s Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, commented:
“FTA is calling for the government to include vans in its consultation on banning 10-year-old tyres; with more than 4.2 million of these vehicles on our roads, van operators must be held against the same compliance and safety standards as any other commercial vehicle. FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry; we want to see a strong enforcement effort against all vehicles which may compromise road safety, including caravans and trailers.”
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.