Air quality

Smart City Logistics tool aims to help local authorities improve urban freight deliveries

March 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

An online tool has been developed to help local authorities explore sustainable urban freight scenarios for their city centres. Smart City Logistics uses geographic information system technology to create an open source platform mapping a range of data including access restrictions, loading and unloading facilities, population, land use and carbon emissions. It was developed as part of the Last Mile Logistics (LaMiLo) project by the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology with an aim to provide information to minimise congestion, […]

Industry News

Driver CPC rules to be reviewed by EC

March 27, 2015 Robin Meczes

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed that a review of the rules on the training and qualifications of professional drivers could lead to “adjustments” to the current Driver CPC requirements.

Cycle safety

Croydon Council trialling Cycle Alert safety system on own fleet

March 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

Croydon Council has launched a six-month trial of Cycle Alert technology on three of its own HGVs as part of its wider drive to promote safe urban cycling on its streets. Cycle Alert is an RFID sensory system to detect cyclists in vehicles’ blindspots. It comprises a wireless low-power sensor on the vehicle, a cab-mounted device to alert the driver of a cyclist’s presence and a tag fitted to bicycles. Carole Crankshaw, regeneration development and environment department senior transport planner […]

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Congestion

New out-of-hours delivery guide aims to garner residents’ buy-in

March 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

The government has developed Quiet Deliveries guidance to help local communities and residents understand how out-of-hours deliveries work, the benefits they can provide, and how they can have a say in the planning process. Advice complements an existing series of DfT guides designed for other stakeholders considering out-of-hours deliveries, including freight operators, retailers and the construction sector, following the Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme trial in 2010-2011 and further pilots during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Benefits promoted to communities […]