HL Deb 09 May 2002 vol 634 c197WA
Earl Attlee

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will advise drivers of heavy goods vehicles in general to avoid using B class roads when there is an alternative route that uses exclusively A roads and that alternative route is not disproportionately longer. [HL4129]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Any lorry journey will inevitably require a driver to use different classses of road. The Government made clear inSustainable Distribution: A Strategy published in 1999 that lorries should not travel on unsuitable roads unless they have to use them for collection or delivery. Local traffic authorities can make traffic regulation orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to ensure that lorries do not use unsuitable roads. The Government expect authorities to address issues such as lorry access and routeing through their local transport plans.