The government believes out-of-hours deliveries will play a key role in reducing collisions between HGVs and cyclists.

In response to the Transport Committee’s summer report on cycling – in which the government called on more to be done by operators in regards vulnerable road user safety, while stopping short of backing the call for a  mandatory code of practice – the DfT championed the use of quiet deliveries.

“The Department for Transport is supporting measures that should help to reduce the number of HGVs in busy areas at peak times, such as the new guidance on quiet out of hours deliveries, which was published earlier this year.

“Where such quiet deliveries schemes are implemented, this should help to reduce the number of goods vehicles on the roads in peak hours and reduce the risk of collisions with cyclists and other vulnerable road users,” it said in its official response to the committee.

Last month Labour backed out-of-hours deliveries, claiming smarter management of the UK road network is one of its transport priorities.

  • Transport minister Claire Perry will give the opening speech and launch DHL’s gas-powered truck at MT’s Quiet Cities summit on 25 November. The two-day conference, taking place at Twickenham Stadium, aims to dispel the perceived barriers preventing out-of-hours deliveries from taking place. Book your place now.