Freight operators are encouraged to enter this year's Noise Abatement Society (NAS) John Connell Awards to highlight efforts made in reducing the sound made by deliveries into urban or residential areas.

A 'Quiet Logistics' category is open to operators, vehicle manufacturers, trailer-makers, bodybuilders and equipment suppliers that have created quieter  products, services and programmes to facilitate safe, low-noise and efficient urban distribution services in the past year.

With the ceremony to be held at the Palace of Westminster on 24 October, the awards recognise the importance of sound quality and reward organisations committed to reducing noise pollution.

Now in its 17th year, the ceremony will be hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham. Nominations close on 14 September 2018 with the shortlist announced on 25 September 2018.

Natalie Chapman, head of South of England and urban policy at the FTA, which supports the awards, said: "The Quiet Logistics award is an invaluable opportunity for any company committed to noise-reduction to showcase its expertise and commitment and set a high standard for the rest of the industry."

The other categories open for nominations at the John Connell Awards are: Local authority award; Soundscape award; Innovation award; Silent approach Quiet Mark award distinction.

Previous operator highlights include Pets at Home and its partnership with Hiab, Martin Brower and Whitbread.

For more information and to enter the awards please visit