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Active in the LoCity van group are a new manufacturer of electric Light Commercial Vehicles. BD Auto will launch onto the U.K. van market at the Commercial Greenfleet Show, Feb 23rd at The Stoop, Twickenham with their eDucato 3.5t L3H2. The light van is built from their factory in Turkey.

Chris Jones, Head of Sales BD Auto.

The current information surrounding diesel engine pollutants and the effect on London’s air quality means that the requirement for electric commercial vehicles has never been greater. We are pleased to offer a zero emission solution to business users in London with 100% electrical power that produce no pollutants as well as having an excellent working range and large carrying capacities. Our vans are eligible for the Government/OLEV Plug-in Van Grant and are also congestion charge exempt ensuring that operating costs are very competitive.

The new brand will be officially launched on Monday (6 February 2017) when the new website will go live, including dedicated mobile and tablet versions. This will be followed immediately by a national roll-out of the new branding which will include over 2,000 vehicles re-liveried, new uniforms for all members of staff, depot signage, packaging and stationery. The project will be completed by October 2017.

Dwain McDonald, CEO DPD Group UK,

This is a huge leap forward for Interlink Express and DPD Group,



LoCity van group at Logistics knowledge and best practice for final mile showcase, Heathrow Jan 25

Heathrow for logistics excellence day, technology, teaching and table in a one stop shop all things logistics at Heathrow. LoCity Van group, alternative fuel vehicle showcase, IT Livery master launches electronic van simulator, express final mile degree apprenticeship round table. It was a full house of final mile, knowledge exchange and best practice showcase.


LoCity van group chaired by Carl Lomas Inst of Couriers were one of the key groups hosted at the event by West Thames College at their dedicated logistics learning centre in Feltham.


Information technology and education to provide next-generation workforce at Heathrow.

IT Master Connects up for driver simulation for System Training in the Heathrow logistics hotspot at West Thames College logistics excellence event.

Inst of Couriers chair, Carl Lomas was at the van simulator education launch with Colin Gordon, the information Technology livery Master Chris Histed, West Thames college principal Tracy Aust and West London University Matt Snowdon.  A logistics hot-spot for next generation final mile workforce, combined with TfL LoCity event and a college open day to showcase to students a stairway of trailblazer qualifications in Express from driver to degree apprenticeship in the new land of levy.


Rich in express employers including Hermes and the Royal mail.

Levy land racing towards the employers, IOC proud to be at the Trailblazer DfE NEC conf to talk shop with express employers. Delivery targets for the express delivery level two and pending degree apprentice level 6 for Express Manager. Lomas was on hand to showcase the logistics journey of a pineapple around the world to free home delivery at final mile with DfE David Sampson.

Carl Creswell, Deputy Director DfE opened a full house at the NEC to applause of employers from across the UK.

A big thank-you for helping improve apprenticeships. This is a big programme, over 200 trailblazer groups. During this transition of change I thank you for employment input. Many DfE managers are moving into the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA). 40% of frameworks turned off as the new standards come in. We are working to all starts of standards by 2020.


Transport minister John Hayes commits to save lives and join the commercial drivers who have achieved the DFA first responder course.

Tracey Worth Inst of Couriers was with David Higginbottom who showcased Driver First Assist, DFA as the solution to saving lives roadside. A commercial driver is likely first to arrive at a road traffic accident (RTA). An injured person in an RTA will die in around four minutes from a blocked airway, an ambulance arrival is likely 8 mins.

David Higginbottom detailed training to save those lives, training for commercial drivers. Dealing with blocked airways could save half the lives lost in RTAs in the UK. The full house event held in the Commons was keynote-addressed by Transport Minister, John Hayes.


Institute of Couriers President, Viscount, Lord Falkland, ‘ This is a solution to the next generation workforce’.

Photo features Academic support for the new degree apprenticeship including West London University and Derby University.

2017 Honorary Fellowship for the Institute of Couriers is awarded to John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer Heathrow Airport.

The Institute of Couriers appoints one honorary fellow each year. On the evening of Feb 10, 2017 IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland will award the honorary fellowship to Heathrow boss, john Holland-Kaye.

The ceremony of IOC Fellow's Gowning takes place once each year. TfL boss Mike Brown took Hon. FIoC in 2016, UK traffic commissioner Sarah Bell in 2015, Sir Peter Hendy in 2014.



Next generation workforce success for exploding final mile!

IOC president, Lord Falkland,

This is a solution to the next generation workforce in final mile and we should be proud of the dedication of employers in the sector who have given time, expertise and energy to reach this goal for our sector.

Breaking New Year news will report the details but here is a shot from the front page with the ink still wet.  Success for next generation front line final mile. BIS, Dept for Education have cleared the Trailblazer level two standard for delivery.


Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics group, has completed the acquisition of UK Mail, one of the UK’s leading Parcels, Mail and Logistics services companies.

Peter Kane, the founder and Chairman of UK Mail, adds:

We are delighted to become part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading and one of the most respected logistics groups. We, and our customers, will benefit from their global reach and expertise and we will be able to offer their global customers a seamless and highly sophisticated service within the UK market.

Further to the resolutions passed by UK Mail shareholders at the General Meeting and the Court Meeting on November 18, 2016, the acquisition was granted unconditional clearance by the European Commission on December 16, 2016 and UK Mail’s Scheme of Arrangement effecting the acquisition was sanctioned by the High Court of Justice in England and Wales on December 20, 2016. With this, the companies will cancel the listing of UK Mail Group plc shares, amend the company’s Articles of Association and will add UK Mail’s operations to the European parcel network of Deutsche Post DHL Group.