FTA man joins DfT for lorry charge development

Commercial Motor
October 4, 2012

The Freight Transport Association's chief economist has been seconded to the Department for Transport (DfT) to help civil servants create a lorry road user charge.

Simon Chapman will advise and support the Department over the next two years as it attempts to introduce a £10 per day charge on foreign hauliers using the nation’s roads.

Chapman has previously worked with the FTA on attempts to introduce a road user charge, but this is the first time the government has worked closely with the trade association in this way.

“We have always had a good working relationship with the DfT, even if we haven’t agreed with them; it’s what our job is,” said FTA managing director of policy and communications, James Hookham.

“This is something he’s skilled and experienced in and is what the DfT could particularly use at this time.

“You have got someone working there and aware and conscious of what factors will increase the likelihood of what will emerge being practicable and cost effective and that’s exactly what we hope.”

Chapman, who will remain on the FTA payroll, will also help inform the debate on how private investment could be used to fund road infrastructure projects.

The DfT did not respond.

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