Air quality

Scottish urban delivery guide launched by FTA

June 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a policy guide for making efficient urban deliveries to Scottish towns. It aims to support economic growth in Scotland’s cities – and builds on the legacy of collaborative working practices that maintained efficient services in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The document highlights the importance of freight to Scotland’s city economies, out-of-hours delivery guidance, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions and cycling safety issues. Chris MacRae, FTA’s head of policy […]

Cycle safety

London operator O’Donovan uses IT to slash driver incidents and insurance claims

June 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

London operator O’Donovan Waste Disposal has seen driver incidents and insurance claims fall significantly since investing in an operational management system (OMS) it developed with its insurer HDI-Gerling. The company invested £80,000 in a system for its 85-strong fleet last year that was designed to improve driver performance in terms of safety and environmental impact. Data from the system over the past 12 months show a 25% drop in the number of driving incidents being recorded by the OMS, which […]

Air quality

Local authority guide to encouraging uptake of low-emission vehicles launched

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (Low CVP) has launched a good practice guide for ‘Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles’. This new guide aims to assist local and city authorities in understanding a broad range of policy measures and initiatives that can be used to encourage the uptake of LEVs. It covers 12 distinct areas including planning, procurement and infrastructure provision. A key recommendation is that policy measures implemented at local level should be consistent with […]

Air quality

Van cost and carbon tool predicts savings through low-carbon vehicles

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Cenex has launched an online van cost and carbon calculator tool to enable fleet decision-makers to explore if low-carbon vehicles could be feasible for their operations The VC3 system computes the economic and environmental performance of diesel, electric, gas and stop-start van technologies, based on real-world driving scenarios. “By providing a realistic whole-life cost, the VC3 de-risks the implementation of low carbon fleet solutions,” said Steve Carroll, technical specialist at Cenex. “The tool is based on real-world driving cycles, meaning […]

Air quality

Arcese to roll-out natural-gas vans for London last-mile operation

June 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Arcese is to introduce natural gas-powered vans for last-mile urban deliveries in London this summer. The Italian logistics firm already launched a similar operation on Milan’s restricted traffic areas and  historical centre at the start of the year, as part of its environmental strategy and to meet demand from customers for sustainable logistics. A pilot project was undertaken using natural gas vans for deliveries in urban areas as an alternative to traditional internal combustion engines, with CO2 emissions reduced by […]

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 […]

Air quality

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 […]

Air quality

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, 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 […]

Compliance & legislation

CILT logistics conference tackles urban delivery challenges

June 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

The CILT Annual Logistics Conference in Coventry last week (18 June) tackled the rapid pace of growth and change in consumer behaviour in cities around the world, which is creating a serious challenge for urban deliveries. Conference chairman Robin Proctor, group supply chain director, Travis Perkins, informed delegates that “90% of population growth is in cities and an astounding 80% of CO2 emissions originate from cities”. There were distinct parallels between the cities discussed, with Dr Jon Lamonte, chief executive […]

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Alternative fuels

Viewpoint: Volvo’s John Comer on alternative fuels

June 22, 2015 dangriffiths

John Comer, Volvo Truck’s product manager UK & Ireland, shares his thoughts with Freight in the City on carbon reduction and alternative fuels Alternative fuels bring with them some very interesting challenges as not all fuel types suit all operations. Some offer a carbon reduction because they are sustainable and therefore close the carbon loop. Some offer a carbon reduction on the vehicle. When it comes to carbon and the climate change effect, the process has to be measured from […]