Compliance & legislation

O’Donovan retains Fors gold status through investment in fleet safety

May 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

London operator O’Donovan Waste Disposal has achieved its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (Fors) gold accreditation for the fourth consecutive year. To demonstrate its commitment to the safety of its fleet, the past 12 months has seen the company roll-out a driver behaviour system to 85 of its vehicles, invest in new trucks designed specifically to help protect vulnerable road users and launched its own Driver CPC training course for its in-house drivers and the wider waste industry. “Being part of […]

Compliance & legislation

Fors creates industry committe to shape standards during national roll-out

May 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (Fors) has launched a Governance and Standards Advisory Group (GSAG) to champion the direction and integrity of the initiative as it expands across the UK. It will ensure the scheme’s remit remains up-to-date with industry requirements and changing legislation, while ensuring industry support for Fors and safeguarding its standards and brand. Initially, the group will comprise four standing members, a representative from TfL, and a nominee from the three partnership organisations that now head-up Fors […]

Air quality

Urban freight hubs could be a political vote winner, says London courier Fastlane

May 6, 2015 Hayley Pink

London-based global courier Fastlane International is calling on the UK’s political parties to introduce urban freight hubs to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres. The parcel firm said the use of urban consolidation centres could be a vote winner, yet it has not been addressed by any of the major parties in the run-up to the general election. Fastlane International head of PR, David Jinks, said: “A general election is the ideal platform for setting out bold ideas such […]

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Alternative fuels

Retiming deliveries is key to keeping pace with London’s growth

April 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

Retiming deliveries outside of peak hours to cope with a “rapidly changing London” was tackled at a TfL conference this morning held in the capital. Operators, businesses and local authorities were brought together to discuss the practicalities of shifting deliveries outside of the peak hours of 0700-13.00 to cope with London’s burgeoning construction boom and TfL’s £4bn road modernisation scheme works taking place. TfL said that while not all businesses are able to retime, other options, such as rerouting or […]

Congestion

Frankonia uses SevenEye to boost London multi-drop deliveries

April 23, 2015 Hayley Pink

London speciality baker Frankonia The Bread House has fitted SevenEye tracking technology to its three new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans working on multi-drop operations in the capital, which it said has helped enhance its customer service levels. The speciality bread delivery operation requires vans to make between 60 and 90 drops per day, six days a week to restaurants and hotels on busy London streets. Frankonia said the SevenEye tracking system enables the company to monitor the performance of the driver […]

Alternative fuels

Econic to be offered with 8-speed PowerShift for wider urban role

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

Mercedes-Benz said its Econic municipal chassis is soon to be offered with an 8-speed PowerShift automated gearbox as an alternative to the current 6-speed Allison automatic box. This will provide further scope for the Econic to be used in a wider urban role – such as distribution, tipper and mixer duties and as a skip-handler – in addition to its primarily intended purpose as a refuse collection vehicle (RCV). Its low driving position and large glazed areas meet the demand […]

Air quality

Tevva reveals range-extended electric 7.5-tonne urban delivery truck

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

An electric range-extended low-emission 7.5 tonne delivery vehicle made its public debut at the CV Show last week, attracting an “over-whelming positive response” according to its maker. Tevva Motors, (originally Teva Motors) was set up by Israeli entrepreneur Asher Bennett in 2012 to develop an electric range-extended 7.5-tonne truck. The prototype, competed in January, attracted “lots of interest and an over-whelming positive response” at the CV Show, according to Tevva’s business project manager Richard Lidstone-Scott. Claiming pure battery-electric trucks are […]

Air quality

London Construction Consolidation Centre doubles in size as contractors realise benefits

April 1, 2015 Hayley Pink

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) has more than doubled in size in the past 12 months, which it attributes to building contractors seeking alternative delivery methods to tackle congestion and local authority constraints they face in the capital. Operated by Wilson James, the LCCC now comprises 12,000m2 of warehousing space – last month taking on a third 4,200m2 unit to handle additional volumes. LCCC is currently servicing 15 major construction projects in the capital, including construction works at University […]