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 […]

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Compliance & legislation

Operators split over Fors fees

February 18, 2015 Chris Druce

Operators joining newly privatised Fors later this month will pay from £485 up to an eye-watering £11,250 in annual fees to be part of the benchmarking and safety initiative. The new pricing, which sees operators charged on the basis of fleet size and number of operating centres for the previously free service, takes the form of an annual subscription and separate audit fee. Existing Fors members (such as Cemex, pictured) will pay on renewal, and receive a sliding scale of […]

Air quality

TfL launches out-of-hours deliveries toolkit at Quiet Cities

November 27, 2014 Christopher Walton

New guidance for fleet operators considering out-of-hours deliveries was launched by TfL at Quiet Cities yesterday ‘Getting the timing right’ is a toolkit for all stakeholders involved in re-timing freight deliveries – including hauliers, local councils and businesses – and outlines the benefits and issues to consider when rescheduling deliveries, from finding suitable sites and staffing issues through to engaging with local residents. It is an industry-led guide that pulls together all the lessons learned and data gathered by the […]