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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 […]

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Air quality

Successful start to Quiet Cities 2014

November 26, 2014 Christopher Walton

Over 200 delegates at the first day of Quiet Cities 2014 were told that the nature of urban freight must change in order to meet the multiple challenges of the 21st century. In the first day of the two day global summit, delegates heard speeches from Lord Digby Jones and Sir Peter Hendy, while Stacey Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDoT)  joined via videolink. All were united in outlining […]

Air quality

DHL launches ‘city safe, city quiet’ gas-powered concept vehicle at Quiet Cities

November 25, 2014 Christopher Walton

DHL has launched a compressed natural gas (CNG) concept truck, a Euro-6 two-axle rigid Scania P-280, at the inaugural Quiet Cities global summit in Twickenham today. The bespoke truck has been designed to be safe, clean and quiet. It runs on a blend of natural and bio-gas, with the capability to run either fuel independently. DHL said that by running a blend of gasses in the engine it will see a 68% reduction in particulate matter (PM) and a 39% […]