Protecting the seamless movement of goods after Brexit, boosting driver facilities, expanding Heathrow and helping hauliers decarbonise; the FTA has handed its own election manifesto to the main political parties.

The trade association said the industry was determined to meet the government’s target of becoming zero-emission but it would not be achieved without the right support.

It has called for the next government to actively support and develop the alternatively-fuelled vehicle market so that businesses of all sizes can transition away from their reliance on diesel vehicles.

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Heidi Skinner, FTA manager of policy and public affairs, added: “And until these alternatives are available – for example, electric lorries – maintaining the UK’s current levels of fuel duty, which are the highest in Europe, serves no environmental purpose.

“As such, [the] future government should take the opportunity to kick-start the UK economy after a period of slow growth by introducing a reduction in fuel duty by three pence per litre.”

The FTA’s policy demands also include investing in road and rail infrastructure, changing the apprenticeship levy to a skills levy, making longer semi-trailers a permanent fixture and granting continued access to European workers post-Brexit.