Congestion

Frankonia uses SevenEye to boost London multi-drop deliveries

April 23, 2015 Hayley Pink

London speciality baker Frankonia The Bread House has fitted SevenEye tracking technology to its three new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans working on multi-drop operations in the capital, which it said has helped enhance its customer service levels. The speciality bread delivery operation requires vans to make between 60 and 90 drops per day, six days a week to restaurants and hotels on busy London streets. Frankonia said the SevenEye tracking system enables the company to monitor the performance of the driver […]

Alternative fuels

Econic to be offered with 8-speed PowerShift for wider urban role

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

Mercedes-Benz said its Econic municipal chassis is soon to be offered with an 8-speed PowerShift automated gearbox as an alternative to the current 6-speed Allison automatic box. This will provide further scope for the Econic to be used in a wider urban role – such as distribution, tipper and mixer duties and as a skip-handler – in addition to its primarily intended purpose as a refuse collection vehicle (RCV). Its low driving position and large glazed areas meet the demand […]

Air quality

Tevva reveals range-extended electric 7.5-tonne urban delivery truck

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

An electric range-extended low-emission 7.5 tonne delivery vehicle made its public debut at the CV Show last week, attracting an “over-whelming positive response” according to its maker. Tevva Motors, (originally Teva Motors) was set up by Israeli entrepreneur Asher Bennett in 2012 to develop an electric range-extended 7.5-tonne truck. The prototype, competed in January, attracted “lots of interest and an over-whelming positive response” at the CV Show, according to Tevva’s business project manager Richard Lidstone-Scott. Claiming pure battery-electric trucks are […]

Air quality

London Construction Consolidation Centre doubles in size as contractors realise benefits

April 1, 2015 Hayley Pink

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) has more than doubled in size in the past 12 months, which it attributes to building contractors seeking alternative delivery methods to tackle congestion and local authority constraints they face in the capital. Operated by Wilson James, the LCCC now comprises 12,000m2 of warehousing space – last month taking on a third 4,200m2 unit to handle additional volumes. LCCC is currently servicing 15 major construction projects in the capital, including construction works at University […]

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, […]

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 […]

Air quality

Scottish Government has “no plans to introduce road user charging”

March 26, 2015 Robin Meczes

Scottish Government officials have rejected a call from the Committee on Climate Change to bring in congestion charging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The committee’s call was made last week in its fourth report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emissions reduction targets. In it, the committee noted that emissions from HGVs accounted for 16% of Scotland’s transport emissions, and emissions from vans for a further 10%. It went on to suggest that in order to encourage more sustainable travel habits, […]

Air quality

Video highlights last-mile delivery pilots across European cities

February 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

An EU-funded project exploring sustainable last-mile deliveries has launched a video to highlight a series of pilots taking place across cities in north-west Europe, including London. The LaMiLo scheme, comprising private logistics firms, local authorities and researchers, is aiming to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of consolidating deliveries and using more eco-friendly transport options for the final mile, such as electric vans or bicycles. Ian Short, chief executive at the Institute for Sustainability in the UK and LaMiLo […]