MPs to Examine Impact of CAZs on Freight and Transport Sector

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Road Freight and Logistics (APPG), which was re-formed following the general election, is calling for evidence relating to the impact of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) on the haulage and logistics sector.

The group, which is chaired by former transport minister Sir Mike Penning MP, has outlined a series of questions focused on the impacts of the haulage industry, the approach taken by local authorities and whether national Government have provided enough support for affected businesses and local authorities.

As a part of this, the group will be writing to the department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra), Department for Transport (DfT) and the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), as well as those local authorities who are planning to introduce a charging CAZ.

Sir Mike Penning said: ‘We all welcome the government’s determination to tackle the challenge of air quality in our towns and cities, but it is essential that well-intentioned policies do not lead to damaging an industry so vital to the UK economy.

‘This inquiry will look at how decisions have been taken and what practical steps can be put in place, to ensure that the haulage industry continues to play its essential role throughout our towns and cities.’

The group is calling for written submissions to be supplied by 5pm on 11 March.