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Delivery Restrictions (Lorries)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to relax current time restrictions placed on lorries delivering to supermarkets. (100974)

In most cases delivery restrictions have been imposed for good reasons, usually to protect the quality of life of the local residents. Local authorities are therefore best placed to make any assessment of the suitability of local conditions for any relaxation.

Guidance on delivery restrictions to retail outlets such as supermarkets was published on the Department's website on 1 November. Copies have also been placed in the Libraries of the House. The guide is a concise overview of central and local government policy on road freight delivery restrictions.

It is hoped that the guide will encourage dialogue between industry and local authorities in considering alternatives to blanket restrictions on existing and new commercial developments.