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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

Ten Nissan eNV2000s spearhead Westminster operation.

News this week DPD opened its all-electric parcel depot in the heart of Westminster and announced plans for a further seven all-electric sites in the capital.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD commented, ‘This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots.’

John Lewis Partnership announces ambitious plan for reducing HGV emissions during Green GB Week on Tuesday. All John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners heavy delivery trucks will be switched to low-carbon biomethane-powered versions by 2028, cutting HGV emissions by over 80%

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, 'The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy.

IOC in Birmingham for the FORS Fleet Operators conference

More than the trucks, version five, powered two wheels and vans.

IOC were in Birmingham this week to hear theory test and CBT as a minimum standard for powered two wheelers.  Full house, standing room only, a big audience for bacon sandwich breakfast at the National Motorcycle Museum. Car parks so full we were in the supporting field to get our blue lanyards.

From breakfast it was time to take a look at the FORS national conference exhibition before sitting in on the keynotes, ‘fuel champion has moved to Bronze standard.’ Lots of V5 knowledge with lashings of CLOCS and DVS. Lunch and then service provider’s exhibitions/surgeries for a full FORS day with VIP keynote from Rob Flello talking relationships and a single voice for the sector.

How does the Express courier Trailblazer qualification fit inside the govt levy and qualification delivery?

Express Trailblazer group were invited to the National Trailblazer conference, hosted at the Manchester City football stadium in an ocean of pale blue success for apprenticeship delivery across all sectors.

Keynote by the Minister Anne Milton to a full house of employers and Trailblazer chairs. ‘Next generation workforce success and value for money for the employers.’

Twenty-two years of final-mile excellence for National Courier Awards

Rattle the clappers, light-show and fanfares for the best-of-the-best in Express final-mile courier. Pledges of Code of Practice and level 6 degree in Express management announced.

18 for 18 in 2018; eighteen silver-C awards for the 2018 National Courier Awards

Ten thousand words of nominations for the 22nd year of the National Courier Awards with four corporate wins and treble-three for Hermes with DWP 'Wheels to Work'.

A big four-wheel group marked ‘Year of the Van’

David Jamieson Safety Award goes to O’Donovan Waste

Lifetime achievement dished out to Adrian Smith as Express sector rattled their clappers for the final mile.

'Doing the right thing' – pledge to a code of practice.

Bacon sandwich start for double-diary win returned for 2018: a fellows-only, round table heads of industry preceded the 22nd National Courier Awards  at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 9th 2018.

Doing the right thing', code of practice document nears final draft as IOC has looked outside the sector - at the table with BRC, (British Retail Consortium) and SHIFT, the leading expert in UN guiding principles on business and human rights. IOC reported back to fellows at the IoD event.


Download the draft pledge here  v2.9 PDF


Judges have sat. Front line delivery – final mile showcase – highlighted comments from the individual shortlisted nominations below.

2018 National Courier Awards on the evening of Oct 9th, hosted at the IOD Pall Mall will be the year of front line delivery with a bumper short-list of individuals from cycle and cargo bike and van making big scores in front of the team of judges - led by awards chairman, Adrian Smith from Swift.

Below you wil find highlighted comments from the shortlisted nominations of individuals.

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport at the DfT published transport technical notices for a 'No deal' Brexit at the beginning of this week, Monday Sept 24th

The notices set out plans to be put into place in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published several documents. This information demonstrates the potential impact a 'No deal' scenario will have on areas of transport policy, including the haulage industry and those driving in and flying to and from Europe.


Birmingham declaration committing the signing governments to the vision of a zero emission future for transport.

Prime Minister Theresa May

Transport must be de-carbonised. With the aim of making a decisive impact on road transport emissions, we will take concrete steps to: Accelerate the transition to low emission vehicles...

Prime Minister Theresa May this week signed the ‘BIRMINGHAM DECLARATION ON ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES’ 

DfT report Sunday Sept 9th, clean cars, vans, and taxis could be equipped with green number plates under new plans to promote awareness of ultra-low emission vehicles.

IOC are supporting the green badge of honour for final mile, last mile express delivery.

If it's got a green number plate, it’s a clean air van; DfT propose new plate colours to identify the clean air vehicles, and the PM is showcasing all things clean air this week in summits on Tuesday and Wednesday.

IOC have long committed to LoCITY and have been in talks with GLA, DEFRA and other cities including Manchester to find clean air final mile solutions.