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 […]

Elddis Transport truck
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 […]

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 […]