Air quality

Daf slashes kerb weight in prototype Future Truck Chassis Concept

June 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Daf has built a prototype distribution truck with a significantly reduced kerb weight. The Future Truck Chassis Concept (FTCC) uses new chassis design technology, lightweight materials and components to shave 500kg off a conventional 12-tonne LF vehicle. Built by Leyland Trucks, working with Sapa Profiles UK and CSA Group, the project was co-funded by Innovate UK and aimed to increase payload at a lower fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. The FTCC research project features a number of new design […]

Quiet deliveries

Schmitz launches trailer floor suitable for out-of-hours deliveries

June 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Schmitz Cargobull has launched a quiet, multi-function floor suitable for late-night deliveries in residential areas. The manufacturer said its MF6 Multi-Function Floor exceeds PIEK noise requirement standards, with a noise level of less than 60db during loading and unloading. It also reduces trailer weight – therefore increasing payload – as well as providing better grip and a longer life expectancy. Manufactured from full-length extruded aluminium planks, the MF6 can be more effectively heat-treated to give it a harder, more durable […]

Cycle safety

Boris pushes for a reduction of 14,000 deaths or serious injuries in London by 2020

June 9, 2015 Laura Hailstone

A new target to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020 has been set by the Mayor or London today (9 June). Meeting the new target would mean a reduction of more than 14,000 deaths or serious injuries over the next five years. The commitment comes as Transport for London (TfL) published the full London road casualty figures for 2014. According to the 2014 Road Casualties and Collisions report, the number of people […]

Air quality

Developing the London Boroughs Consolidation Scheme

June 8, 2015 Hayley Pink

Freight in the City met with the man behind a thriving London consolidation scheme about how it is helping three local authorities make procurement, environmental and efficiency gains. Nigel Symonds, MD at Green Lane Logistics, has been working with Camden Council as a logistics project manager and heads up the London Boroughs Consolidation Scheme (LBCS). Launched as a pilot in January 2014, the consolidation centre has successfully expanded from an initial four suppliers to now handling goods from more than […]

Air quality

Commercial Group’s hydrogen-powered vans show how operators can help improve air quality

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Commercial Group  demonstrated to delegates at the FTA Managing Freight in London conference that the successful introduction of hydrogen-powered vans onto its fleet is a good example of how operators can lead the way in reducing emissions. “We’re an operator of vans across the UK, with a significant number in London, and we believe that the impact of emissions on air quality is very important. As an operator we can be part of the solution, as much as we have […]

Air quality

Transport for London aiming to expand rapid charging infrastructure across capital

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking companies to develop future charging infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles, including rapid charging technology for commercial vehicle fleets. The announcement forms part of the mayor’s strategy to improve air quality in the capital, which will see the introduction of the world’s first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in 2020. Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD for Surface Transport, said it was important to ensure the right infrastructure was in place to support the ULEZ […]