Three years in the making. Full House of Freight Logistics in the City of London

Fast Green & Free deliveries, overcoming the Last Mile Challenge

FTC Freight Traffic Control conference in the City of London

Institute of Couriers fellows and team were in the City of London this week, Tuesday in a full-house multi-modal audience focused on final mile.

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Thor Johansen, Paxster ‘Saving fifteen minutes an hour in delivery cycles

Friday for Prime Minister step-down, first news at the full-house Bank Holiday weekend light vehicle TfL LoCITY meeting of Mike Ellis, MP for Northampton, stepping into transport minister post from his former arts and culture role.

Great agenda included, Thor Johansen to explain the Paxster electric light vehicle.

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TfGM Manchester freight – the fifth annual event.

Clean air at the heart of it.

Post Bank Holiday sunshine, the Manchester event focused on informing and engaging the Freight sector on the Outline Business Case for the TfGM Manchester Clean Air Plan.

Megan Black spoke passionately for Manchester, Lomas from the IOC looked at Client Chain driven decisions in express.

Tracey Worth talked inclusion of millennials in the logistics workforce alongside DWP Job Centre Plus guru Alex Farkas.

Lorna McAtear, Royal Mail, ‘We are investing 7 million in new compliant delivery vehicles’. We are trialling everything from LNG, CNG and even e-bikes.’ Toby Poston BVRLA, ‘There is a growing demand for petrol vans.’

The full house TfGM freight event delivered a cracking lunch and a magic mix of multi-modal operators. The target was to engage logistics industry operators and it delivered with final mile excellence from heavy LGV to two wheels and walking post.

The forum with over fifty individual operators in the room, generated a better understanding of freight operations in GM. Informing and identifying future needs and the development of potential interventions, Megan Black, TFGM, ‘clean air at the heart of it.’

 

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The toughest global emission standard, operating 24 hours, seven days a week, launched Monday this week (April 8th) in Central London to help reduce toxic air pollution. Van drivers working in Central and millions of Londoners, will breathe cleaner air with NOx road transport emissions estimated to fall by 45 per cent in ULEZ zone.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: ‘This is a landmark day for our city. Our toxic air is an invisible killer responsible for one of the biggest national health emergencies of our generation. I simply refuse to be yet another politician who ignores it. The ULEZ is the centrepiece of our plans to clean up London’s air – the boldest plans of any city on the planet, and the eyes of the world are on us.

Is your vehicle compliant? Not sure? TfL’s ULEZ vehicle compliance checker is available here

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Sam Clarke and the flying dogs

On Wednesday 3rd April Sam Clarke - the IoC's own Chair of Electric Vehicles (or Electric Chair) and Founder of all-electric London delivery company Gnewt Cargo - presented on the role of EVs in urban last mile logistics at the inaugural Everything EV Event.

His engaging talk included the challenges around achieving a truly smart charging fleet solution, details of the joint Gnewt/Mayor of London Commercial EV Trial and even featured a huge flying dog in a drone!

The event was held close to St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London, and was attended by over 150 from both the public and private sector.

 

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TfL LoCITY Kempton Park clean air event March 20th.

With 19 days to ULEZ, TfL LoCITY sorted a must-attend, Fuels in Action ULEZ roadshow out West at Kempton Park.

Free car parking set the tone for a must-attend and there was no disappointment.

You will find a tour of the show, the van showcase, the exhibition, the cargo cycle room and a good few highlights of the seminars.

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Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham to open Manchester Freight Forum April 25th

Transport for Greater Manchester, TfGM are heading for the largest clean air zone outside London.

Focused on the views of operators they have confirmed their 5th Greater Manchester Freight Forum will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 25th April at Etc. Venues, 11 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HU.

Richard Banks explains,

There will be an opportunity to hear about Greater Manchester’s Clean Air proposals and we are pleased to announce that Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, will make the keynote speech.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan and TfL Alex Williams comment below. GLA, Oliver Lord, spoke to the IOC on detail of the launch of the new diesel van scrappage scheme this week.

It’s targeted at microbusinesses and charities. Microbusiness must have fewer than ten employees, less than 638 thousand pounds of turnover and be registered at Companies House or be VAT registered.’

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Gnewt by Menzies with Ford to trial digital delivery service co-ordinating multiple modes of transport from depot to doorstep.

Sam Clarke,

We can not just keep adding more and more small vans into the mix.

 

During the trial, Gnewt’s last mile delivery service will be driven by Ford’s cloud-based, multimodal routing and logistics software MoDe:Link, that manages parcel delivery from depot to doorstep.

 

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This may be the largest electric fleet in the world - aimed at six thousand electric vehicles on the road in the next three years.

IOC fellow Bob Black tells us first-hand, Australia Post is set to operate nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet.

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