Powers to introduce the measures are included in the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill published by the Department of Trade and Industry today. The proposals include the abolition of the current permit system and retention of the requirement that heavy lorries which need to enter London at night or weekends use trunk roads or other exempt routes as far as possible.
The Secretary of State would have power to vary Traffic Orders imposing lorry restrictions in London which rely on exemption permit schemes. Such powers could only be used where an undue burden on business was being imposed.
Commenting on the changes, Mr Norris said: 'Our objective is certainly not to abolish the lorry ban. We need to strengthen it by cutting out the wasteful red tape and bureaucracy involved in operating it and releasing those resources for better enforcement and the reduction of council tax bills.