With air quality one of the major themes dominating the political landscape and by association the road transport industry in 2017, unsurprisingly some of the most read content on Freight in the City this year related to exactly that.

However it was Smith Electric Vehicle’s demise at the start of the year that was one of our most read and by association made a story about it’s bold plans from the end of 2016 another our hit of the year, as people digested the news that a technology firm who’s time had come, had indeed come but not in the sense must of us had expected.

Arrival, previously Charge Automotive, has had a high profile this year, appearing at our own Freight in the City Expo and launching a trial of its exciting electric vehicles with Royal Mail.

It had the consequence that an older story on the site, detailing where Arrival had come from, was very well read.

Autonomous vehicles were another theme in 2017 that started to generate interest. Some love the concept others think it science-fiction but Volvo’s use of the technology for refuse trucks in Sweden caught people’s attention.

The forthcoming Direct Vision Standard continues to prove controversial, and an update at the start of this year setting out it that would be enforced under criminal law proved one of our most read of 2017.

Clean air zones have gathered pace this year, and will no doubt dominate next, and details of Southampton’s plans to address poor air quality and demand HGVs are Euro-6 to enter the city also proved popular.