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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

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

NEC standing room only seminars worth the sixteen quid parking in gifts alone.

Royal Mail deliver – ‘Delivery Matters’ data review at the NEC

eDX e-delivery show at the NEC this week in a double deal with IRX internetRetailing expo and then a walk down the NEC aisles for TraffEx and ParkEx but it was sixteen pounds on the parking.

All worthwhile for a bumper visit, if you did not make it, see the photo gallery below.

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.


IOC fellows were all about the NEC this week for a two-day diary slot of four-way trade show availability.

IRX, eDX retail internet and delivery in one set of halls stuffed to busting with seminars, and Traffex, Parkex in the next halls; beware of the parking charge, it's sixteen pounds!

Traffex was full-on clean air in seminars by TfL, TfGM and Bristol as keynote delivery was given by the Highways England Chief Exec, Jim O’Sullivan.

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.

IOC CEO Tracey Worth chaired the DfT STAT board this week in the City of London boardroom of the Carmen transport livery.

Alistair Cochrane Whistl spoke diversity in Express mail and Genevive Amoah, Mango logistics group spoke final mile diversity issues in central London.

Alistair Cochrane, Whistl director, commented

Diversity in Express mail is key to the future of the sector - aligning across the sector, from small through to large employers to ensure we holistically support everyone.

A lively discussion supporting the need of encouraging Diversity and Inclusion policy into the transport and logistics business culture. A loud voice was heard in support for the Year of Diversity – Transport and Logistics.

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.

First traffic lights 151 years ago today

ULEZ, Vision Zero, Diversity.

IOC fellows attended the transport dinner at Mansion House last week, greeted by the Master Carmen, Steve Britt.

ULEZ Black cab exemptions, scrappage and the pending Manchester clean air zone were all in the networking discussion before a grand gala dinner.

Minister Jesse Norman asks IOC to drive positive change for women in the express courier sector.

Ministers across the Department for Transport have written to IOC industry leaders calling on them to take action to increase the availability of opportunities across the sector to women.

This action is the culmination of weeks of activity in which ministers across the Department for Transport have reached out to raise the issue of getting more women into the transport sector.

Drawing this together, the DfT announced that it will shortly be holding a major round-table to look into the barriers preventing women from joining the sector. It will seek to drive positive change similar to that seen within DfT over the last couple of years.

House of Lords terrace packed full in post Feb heatwave

IOC Fellows' Gowning has full house Hon fellows turnout

Youngest fellow ever in the 2019 dozen, family of final mile.

Hottest Feb on record filled the outside terrace of the House of Lords with fellows of the Institute of Couriers for the March 1st sold out full house express delivery event of the year.

Institute of Couriers 2019 fellows' gowning, a life services hood & a new hon fellow to make the twelve ceremonial fellows for 2019 in a year that saw the youngest fellow ever elected to the institute, Scott King, age 24, CitySprint. Welcomed by Viscount, Lord Falkland, president of the Institute of Couriers in a rousing speech of engagement.

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