There have been several milestones in the evolution of logistics: privatisation; the curtainsider; containerisation; palletisation. Then there has been primary and secondary distribution and, more recently, multichannel distribution. Now the industry is on the cusp of the next step change. Out-of-hours deliveries need to become the norm in the very near future, and the evolution is under way. […]
MT has partnered with TfL and DHL to launch a global summit to enable quieter deliveries of freight in urban environments. Quiet Cities will take place on 25 and 26 November 2014 at Twickenham Stadium. The two-day event will feature a full conference programme, a networking dinner, exhibition, and live demonstrations of the latest quiet logistics equipment. TfL will share London’s best practice on retiming deliveries and showcase its work on facilitating out-of-hours deliveries, while representatives of overseas cities will […]
The health benefits from London’s Low Emission Zone have failed to materialise because levels of harmful particles have not changed, an influential group of MPs has been told.
The government is to consider extending the grant system for low-emission vans to larger vehicles, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has revealed.
The European Parliament has approved rules forcing the establishment of more electric vehicle recharging points and alternative fuel stations on the continent. In a vote on 15 April, it agreed to implement a new directive that will oblige member states to submit minimum proposed levels of refuelling and recharging stations, with EU-wide standards including the use of common plugs for electric vehicles and standardised refuelling equipment for hydrogen and natural gas. Under EC proposals, just under 800,000 publicly accessible electric […]
Dual-fuel vehicle usage may increase following the DfT’s £11.5m funding, writes George Barrow The uptake of gas-powered trucks has increased, with several high-profile operators, including DHL, Howard Tenens and United Biscuits, adding dual-fuel vehicles to their fleets. Away from the large fleets, uptake has been slow, and that has largely been due to the scarcity of refuelling stations in the UK, where gas road fuels – CNG, LNG and biomethane – are in short supply at retail and wholesale levels. […]
The FTA has warned that a proposed low emission zone for Birmingham, along with a road user charging scheme, lorry restrictions and greater implementation of consolidation centres put forward by the city council, could have a damaging effect on freight deliveries in and around the city.
More of the £500m being set aside for encouraging the take-up of ultra low emission vehicles should be allocated to freight vehicles, the FTA has suggested.
Trade associations are urging the government to provide more focus and funding to the road transport sector to help it play its part in reducing UK carbon emissions.
Birmingham City Council is considering introducing a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) within the city’s ring-road in order to incentivise the take-up of cleaner vehicles by operators in the area.