Air quality

NHS Trust reaps benefits from move to electric vans

June 24, 2015 Hayley Pink

A Northumbria NHS Trust has taken delivery of its 13th Nissan E-NV200 this year, having found the switch to electric-powered vans the ideal choice for the short, community-based journeys they operate on. The vehicle was supplied by Lex Autolease and was the rental firm’s 2,000th plug-in electric vehicle on its fleet. Michael Taylor, Trustwide hotel services officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust wanted a cost-effective transport method to replace their fleet of ageing diesel vans and […]

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Iconic venue for Freight in the City Expo 2015

June 23, 2015 dangriffiths

The inaugural Freight in the City Expo will take place at London’s historic Alexandra Palace this autumn. The iconic venue, situated high above the London skyline between Muswell Hill & Wood Green, first opened in 1873 on Queen Victoria’s 54th birthday. In 1935, the BBC leased the eastern part of the building and the first public television transmissions were made in 1936. In more recent years, the Palace has built a reputation as one of London’s premier event venues. With […]

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Local authority interest in Fors standards gathering momentum

June 23, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (Fors) is gaining popularity from local authorities across the UK, as work-related road risk, air quality and vulnerable road user safety head higher up their agendas. Speaking to FreightintheCity.com, John Hix, regional director at Aecom – which operates the scheme with the CILT and Fleet Source through the Fors Community Partnership (FCP) – said support from local authorities was a key component in the expansion of Fors outside of London. Local authorities can become involved […]

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Daf slashes kerb weight in prototype Future Truck Chassis Concept

June 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Daf has built a prototype distribution truck with a significantly reduced kerb weight. The Future Truck Chassis Concept (FTCC) uses new chassis design technology, lightweight materials and components to shave 500kg off a conventional 12-tonne LF vehicle. Built by Leyland Trucks, working with Sapa Profiles UK and CSA Group, the project was co-funded by Innovate UK and aimed to increase payload at a lower fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. The FTCC research project features a number of new design […]

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Developing the London Boroughs Consolidation Scheme

June 8, 2015 Hayley Pink

Freight in the City met with the man behind a thriving London consolidation scheme about how it is helping three local authorities make procurement, environmental and efficiency gains. Nigel Symonds, MD at Green Lane Logistics, has been working with Camden Council as a logistics project manager and heads up the London Boroughs Consolidation Scheme (LBCS). Launched as a pilot in January 2014, the consolidation centre has successfully expanded from an initial four suppliers to now handling goods from more than […]

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Commercial Group’s hydrogen-powered vans show how operators can help improve air quality

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Commercial Group  demonstrated to delegates at the FTA Managing Freight in London conference that the successful introduction of hydrogen-powered vans onto its fleet is a good example of how operators can lead the way in reducing emissions. “We’re an operator of vans across the UK, with a significant number in London, and we believe that the impact of emissions on air quality is very important. As an operator we can be part of the solution, as much as we have […]

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Transport for London aiming to expand rapid charging infrastructure across capital

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking companies to develop future charging infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles, including rapid charging technology for commercial vehicle fleets. The announcement forms part of the mayor’s strategy to improve air quality in the capital, which will see the introduction of the world’s first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in 2020. Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD for Surface Transport, said it was important to ensure the right infrastructure was in place to support the ULEZ […]

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London to launch a low-emission commercial vehicle strategy

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is poised to launch a low-emission commercial vehicle programme to help stimulate the market for low, ultra low or zero-emission vans and lorries. Split into three distinct work streams, the project will first concentrate on increasing the availability and affordability of viable low-emission commercial vehicles and retrofit technology. The next stage will see TfL looking to establish an alternative fuel and supply chain infrastructure to support an increase in low-emission trucks and vans. Finally, the project […]

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BVRLA welcomes more accurate emissions testing on vans

May 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

An EC proposal for ‘real world’ air pollution tests for vans and cars was agreed last week by member states to provide a more accurate procedure for measuring vehicle emissions. New proposals will require vehicles to be tested on the road and in traffic, rather than in laboratory-like conditions as is currently the case, which should provide more precise NOx emissions data for diesel light-duty vehicles under Euro-6 air quality standards. EC and member states need to agree the limits […]