All Urban distribution articles – Page 2

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    Trailblazer group slams delay to apprenticeship for urban drivers


    The trailblazer group for the logistics sector has expressed frustration at the delay in getting an apprenticeship for urban driving up and running, despite the current significant skills shortage.Jim French, co-chair of the transport and logistics trailblazer group, said a delay by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IATE) ...

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    "We'll shake up UK deliveries," warns PostTag after new tech deal with Locus


    Last-mile delivery tech firm PostTag insists it is set to disrupt the UK logistics market after partnering with solutions platform Locus.Founded in 2015, Locus already powers international deliveries across sectors like e-commerce, retail, FMCG, home services and third-party logistics and is now entering the UK market. It uses machine learning ...

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    Dynamo Motor Company to launch electric van conversion


    Dynamo Motor Company is planning to launch an all-electric last mile delivery van conversion to help cut city pollution.The Coventry-based maker of the all-electric Dynamo Taxi conversion has taken a short wheelbase (SWB) e Deliver 3 Maxus van and raised the roof height and lengthened the rear doors to give ...

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    ePower Trucks launches last-mile delivery LCVs


    ePower Trucks has marked 20 years in business with the launch of five new last-mile delivery electric LCVs.The X-Cell and X-Cell micro are both designed for couriers, post and parcel delivery and last-mile delivery logistics applications.Oldham-based ePower Trucks said the X-Cell comes in three models with top speeds of up ...

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    72% of operators would exit contracts if urban regulations became too costly


    Nearly three-quarters of fleet operators (72%) would exit a contract if urban regulations became too costly to absorb, according to new research revealed in the ‘Asset Alliance Group Industry Monitor 2021’This figure is up from 57% answering the same survey in 2019, perhaps reflecting the increasing burden that expanding city ...

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    Good delivery options key to buying online, say shoppers in new Whistl research


    Nearly half of shoppers have changed their mind about making a purchase online because they were unhappy with the inflexible delivery options, according to research by Whistl.It found 45% of sales have fallen at the last hurdle due to dissatisfaction with the delivery process.In 2020, 84% of the UK population ...

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    "Too little too late" - less than 20% of HGVs comply with Direct Vision Standard as deadline looms


    With just over a fortnight until enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) begins, less than 20% of HGVs are ready for the scheme, SmartWitness has warned.The telematics firm said most fleets had done “too little too late” and there was now a massive bottleneck on installations of approved cameras ...

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    Addison Lee launches rapid two-hour delivery operation in London


    Same-day courier firm Addison Lee has launched AL Now – a two-hour rapid delivery service in London.AL Now will enable London businesses to offer its customers a specific two-hour delivery window.Addison Lee said the service is designed to help independent businesses compete on a more level playing field with retail ...

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    New TfL 'allow list' will help operators avoid Direct Vision Standard penalty charges


    TfL has created an 'allow list' of vehicles for operators who have applied for its Direct Vision Standard safety permits before 1 March or are in the process of having the Safe System equipment fitted in order to qualify for a permit but have not yet received it.It has also ...

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    London operators must apply for Direct Vision permits by end of January


    Operators running HGVs into London are being warned of a “hidden deadline” to apply for a permit under the forthcoming Direct Vision Standard (DVS).Goods vehicles over 12 tonnes GVW will require a DVS permit to enter the capital from March, based on a star rating indicating how much a driver ...

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    Tideway 'super sewer' rolls out fully immersive HGV driver training to boost road safety


    London’s £4.2bn Tideway project has rolled out an immersive driver training programme to boost safety around vulnerable road users.Using live drama, film and classroom elements, it aims to challenge the traditional training approach to equipping HGV drivers with the skills they need to protect vulnerable road users and tackle unsafe ...

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    Relief as plans to extend London congestion charge zone scrapped


    Concerns that Transport for London (TfL) was poised to extend the congestion charging zone to the North and South Circular Roads have been allayed after a bailout plan was agreed without the expansion.However, the industry has urged the government to consider exemptions for hauliers from conditions imposed in the summer ...

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    Mayor of London launches heavy vehicle scrappage scheme


    The Mayor of London has this week launched its heavy vehicle scrappage scheme, ahead of the 1 March 2021 tightening of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to Euro-6 standards across the capital.It is designed to support smaller businesses with 50 or fewer employees and charities in meeting new emissions standards.The ...

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    Meet the MT Awards shortlists - Urban Delivery Operator of the Year sponsored by MyTransportPlanner


    CitySprintSame-day courier CitySprint is reducing the impact of its operation on the environment by expanding its zero-emission fleet, forging strategic partnerships with industry leaders and utilising innovative technology to boost efficiency and sustainability.In its green fleet, to enable the flexibility it needs as a same-day operation, City Sprint uses a ...

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    First drive of Renault Range D Wide ZE 6x2 - electric is the new normal


    Renault Trucks is the first mainstream truck maker to come to market with a right-hand drive full-electric heavy truck in the shape of new Range D Wide ZE.Renault has more than a decade’s experience with zero-emission trucks, and indeed supplied a hybrid electric 26-tonner to a major soft drinks company ...

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    Low emissions freight trial results to be released in webinars


    Innovate UK have commissioned the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) to support dissemination of the findings from the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial (LEFT) programme. The objectives are to engage with the LEFT project teams and develop a collaborative public dissemination process highlighting the key findings, successes, and learnings ...

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    Passport to a second life for Electra EV batteries


    Electric HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles has signed up to a battery monitoring service that provides vehicle owners with recommendations for extending the lifespan of their batteries.The Battery Passport enables operators to better understand their batteries, as well as providing a pathway for those being sold in the second-life market.The ...

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    Unions and businesses unite behind push for hydrogen economy


    Four of the UK’s biggest trade unions have added their support to a campaign backed by 41 businesses calling on the government to lay the foundations for a hydrogen strategy to create and sustain thousands of jobs.Unite, the GMB, Prospect and Unison, who collectively represent 200,000 workers in the energy ...

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    Expand clean air zones to cut Covid-19 infection rates, MPs demand


    Clean air zones must be expanded in towns and cities as part of measures to cut pollution levels as evidence mounts that high Covid-19 infection rates are linked to poor air quality.The call for the government to take greater action to tackle air pollution is made in a report from ...

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    New vehicle camera technology helps reduce road accidents and settle insurance claims


    A fully integrated vehicle telematics and camera system is providing one fleet operator with a training programme that it claimed had reduced accidents by almost a quarter.Industrial gas provider Air Products said the introduction of app-based technology had enabled a room full of drivers to review incidents captured on forward-facing ...