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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Following the green signs for Freight in The City with a rooftop view of smog across London.

Top of the N22 hill, Scania trucks at the front door of the Ally Pally venue, a monster-sized John Lewis double-deck trailer inside; a forum to debate the challenges and explore the opportunities that continue to emerge in the urban logistics sector.

Alex Williams TfL key comment noted the freight plans for the future, Ian Clough DHL and Rob Fowler DPD spoke express delivery and Ben Farrell John Lewis of retail delivery overtaking high street sales.

Latest trucks and vans in the exhibition hall, Renault EV below the Palm Court window, Gnewt volume van electric at the organ end of the Grand Hall. Seminar room had all topics, avoiding PCNs, counter terrorism, all the way to direct vision, it was an exceptional opportunity to bump into chums, network and talk clean air above the London smog of the City and West End. If you did not make it, take a look at the snaps gallery below.

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Hermes UK boss, chief executive Martijn De Lange ,

We are extremely proud to officially open our state-of-the-art depot in Hemel Hempstead, which will significantly increase the network capacity in the South East. This project demonstrates our total commitment to environmentally friendly, world-class delivery solutions, not just for today, but for the foreseeable future.

The new green Hermes depot opens pre-peak with 80,000 sq ft at Prologis Park in Hemel Hempstead covering the south east geographic with easy access to M1 and M25.


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Clean air final mile - operator input, academics and retailers

Asking the sustainability question about lithium mining

TfL light vehicle LoCITY event hosted in the heart of the City of London at London Met University to talk all things express, final mile, last mile.

Carl Lomas chairing with Donata MacCrossan for TfL - DfT in the room. Operators, retailers and academics in a hot house of all things clear air for final mile.

Guests and group members from vehicle manufacturers, including LDV, to retailers, including Sainsbury’s and a host of operators: Fedex, ZE Cargo, Mango, Addison Lee and more using all forms of energy; hydrogen, LPG, electric-only and hybrids.

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