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Express sector is at the heart of sustaining stay-at-home self-isolation delivery for the UK - from food to prescriptions & computers for home-working.

IOC asks the public to help complete the final mile food delivery, mark your door, ‘I am at home, please knock and leave goods outside

PM speaking evening Monday March 23rd, ‘The way ahead is hard...You must stay at home...Use food delivery services where you can’



Carl Lomas IOC Chairman.

We are entering a period of finest hour for final mile delivery to support stay at home, self-isolation. Our sector is being tested beyond any peak we have seen and that peak may be longest period on record. We are asking the public to mark their doors and help our sector complete the food delivery without contact.

Tracey Worth, IOC CEO,

Couriers that were focused on business to business deliveries have resource availability to deliver to the home door. The IOC are working to link resource to need across the sector – Essential final mile after the PM stay-at-home speech is about food, medical, prescription and work-at-home goods.

Express courier supporting the client chain has proven resilience to deliver; from national networks to regional and local owner-operator couriers.


Wed 25th March DfT – Roadworthy vans facing an MOT can stay on the road for deliveries

DfT report companies & owner-operators will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to stay on the road.

 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

We must ensure those on the frontline of helping the nation combat COVID-19 are able to do so. Allowing this temporary exemption from vehicle testing will enable vital services such as deliveries to continue.



DfE - express sector kids get priority access to school while parents deliver final mile - DfE link


Friday 20th March Mike Brown, Hon fellow IOC and Commissioner for Transport for London,

'This morning the Cabinet Office offered some advice on the definition of key workers. For the transport sector this includes:

Those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which the supply chain passes.


Friday 20th March - IOC, with Kate Lester, Diamond Logistics, have produced a template authority letter to identify express final mile workers, download the pdf, individuals must email for an authority code identifying their role and the company they deliver for.


Rico Black, Royal Mail, ‘We will safely deliver these vital tests.’

Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer,

Laboratory-based testing on this scale is a little like building the medical equivalent of a car factory - Amazon and Royal Mail will help with logistics, while Boots has been supporting initial trials by supplying volunteer healthcare clinicians as testers. It will continue this support as the testing rolls out across the UK. Testing will not be done at Boots stores and these tests will not be available over the counter or for purchase online from any retailers.

Alan Lewis, partner at Constantine Law brings the IOC a multiple update, the very latest on furloughing, what it means and how to implement it (updated March 27th) and Alan also brings us his extended 17-point plan on employment law for the express sector.

Alan delivered the last employment status keynote to the IOC heads of industry round table. You can call Alan direct on 0203 696 8230


Getting food final mile to the door. Ocado delivering for neighbours shopping on-line for neighbours without internet.

Graham Thomas – IOC fellow, FLEET OPERATIONS MANAGER – TRUCK- OCADO GROUP plc - We're immensely proud of all of our front line employees

Temporary exemption will enable vital services to continue, delivery to the door, frontline workers to get to work, and people to get essential food and medicine.

· Vans, motorcycles and cars to be granted MoT exemption

· this will allow people to carry on with essential travel

· vehicles must be kept in roadworthy condition

Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.


Richard England, IOC chair of owner-operator group - hygiene supplies to keep our drivers safe on the front line

We need the government to gain access to hygiene supplies to keep our drivers safe on the front line. Finding adequate supplies is very difficult currently.

Companies with sign-written vans or business accounts in a courier company's name should have priority access to fuel if supply chains break down. Identification with company ID badge a possible answer to policing this and members of the IOC should carry the IOC key worker certificate.

News on funding for business continuity and wage guarantees has been a good, but we now need practical reality, advice and procedures to put this in place.

(Written Friday March 20th)

Alan Lewis was the last IOC round table keynote speaker; he is a partner at Constantine Law. He reminds us that events are moving rapidly with the Coronavirus.

He has put together an employment briefing for the IOC and he is updating next week with the Friday 80% payroll measures. The document can be accessed on the IOC web bubble for coronavirus information. We bring you the fifteen-point detail headings in summary below.


Hermes has announced it is to make a £1 million pound fund available for its self-employed couriers, to help support them if they need to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus.

It follows concerns about their welfare as self-employed people are not eligible for sick pay.

Hermes will also support them in finding someone to deliver on their behalf if they do not have a substitute and guarantee that their rounds will be kept open for them for when they return.

This initiative is supported by the GMB Union.


Transport Secretary sets out 18 point package of measures to improve safety and public confidence.

An action plan to ensure smart motorways are as safe as possible has been set out Thursday (12 March 2020) by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Work will focus on getting help to broken down drivers much quicker and making the schemes less confusing.

September 28th launch date confirmed

Leeds City Council has confirmed that the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) will go live on 28 September this year

IOC are talking to Leeds on van scrappage deal values similar to TfL; there is a vehicle checker launched, more details below.


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