The Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a Friday look at final mile this week with a visit to DPD UK in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The PM met IOC fellow, DPD boss, Dwain McDonald and discussed DPD plans for an all-electric fleet of vehicles, new infrastructure investment and job creation.


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Green Fleet awards for IOC fellows – medium and large fleet wins

Institute of Couriers fellows were centre stage at this weeks Green Fleet awards for both medium and large fleet.

Graham Thomas Ocado took the large fleet win.

IOC chair of electric vehicle group, Sam Clarke Gnewt Menzies took fleet win for medium size fleet


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Launch of EAV P1 cargo bike.

DPD UK has taken delivery of the first 10 EAV P1 Electric assist cargo bikes - the result of a partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV.

IOC fellow, Dwain McDonald, DPD UK's CEO commented,

The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project. This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.


Five of the unique bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five are being shipped to DPD UK business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.

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Framing the key issues, Leeds needs to be bold.

Clean air Cargo cycle solution for final mile

Where can we park them?

Leeds City Council voted to pass a motion declaring a climate emergency in March 2019 and committed to become carbon neutral by 2030.

IOC were in the Northern Powerhouse ‘Join the Big Leeds climate conversation’ Leeds, ‘ready to be ambitious and bold for clean air final mile, a city already holding a reputation for delivering home based charging for their council electric vehicle drivers.

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White Paper: Electric Vehicles - 8 key points

DPD CEO launches eight-point action plan for a joined-up policy approach.

Operators, manufacturers, energy providers and Government urged to act now.

DPD upgrades own EV investment plan for 500 vehicles by end of 2020; "We cannot kick this problem any further down the road."

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Trebling the charging points in Greater Manchester.

The government has instructed Greater Manchester and many other areas to develop Clean Air Plans to bring levels of NO2 on local roads within legal limits as soon as possible.

So Greater Manchester is now working together to produce a single approach for the whole region.

TfGM have considered a wide range of measures that could help reduce roadside NO2 levels and carried out extensive work to help develop a proposed package of measures.

These measures include:

· A Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone which the most polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, vans, taxis and private hire vehicles would pay a daily penalty to drive in.

· A multi-million pound funding package to support local businesses and sole traders to upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

· Trebling the number of electric vehicle public charging points.

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Green lighting at the Salford, AJ Bell rugby stadium for challenging questions on UK-wide compliance for clean air zones.

Manchester, Trafford Park logistics homeland for a run on the M60 to the rugby stadium of AJ Bell for a well attended Motor Transport Clean Air roadshow.

Trucks showcasing gas in the car park, a busy micro-table trade show and a long room full-house seminar room shadowed with green roof lights to set the mood for compliant emissions and green transport.

Motor transport, Hayley Pink delivered the H&S, ‘turn left onto the rugby field if the alarm calls’ Three short workshops, gas, electric & euro 6 with a free lunch. Carl Lomas met up with Megan Black.


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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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