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Kate Lester, Diamond Logistics, asks the question on Radio 4

With Brexit around the corner, Kate Lester, boss at Diamond Logistics was on Radio 4 to discuss with Nick Robinson the lack of post-Brexit 'rules & guidelines' information being provided to haulage & logistics companies currently.

Volumes continue to rise with mix weighted B2C.

First full year pre-tax profit since current team turnaround plan.

DX, providing delivery solutions, including parcel freight, secure, courier and logistics services, has provide an update on trading for the 52 weeks ended 27 June 2020.

As an essential service provider, DX continued to maintain operations at all of its depots and service centres after the UK Government’s COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ measures came into effect, with the health and safety of all employees and customers remaining paramount.


While e-retail home delivery explodes, The Times newspaper reported Govt is considering measures to reduce online shopping – ‘a delivery charge’

Last week DfT published their 2019 Last Mile report. (we have listed it after the break). The Times then reported this week that the Government is considering a range of measures to reduce the impact of a boom in online shopping, including a compulsory delivery charge.

The increase in shopping means more delivery vans on British roads, while a boom in next-day delivery and some returns schemes mean that some people are unnecessarily over-ordering and returning things that they do not want, free of charge.

The DfT commissioned its science group to investigate the last mile of deliveries last year, and whether it can be improved. Figures show pollution levels from vans soared between 2007 and 2017, and the department said it was considering whether to introduce a new charge to reduce the ‘negative impacts of last mile delivery and encourage more sustainable online shopping behaviours’.

IOC raised concerns with the DfT while the ink was still wet


 DfT announced Wed 01 June 2020 fast-track trials will test safety, while individually-owned scooters remain illegal on public roads.

Users will have chance to test their benefits, while government assesses impact on public spaces and the environment.

· government paves way for e-scooter rental trials to start as lockdown restrictions eased

· fast-tracked trials will test devices’ safety, green credentials and ability to reduce traffic

· safety helmets 'recommended'

From Mail Workshop two decades ago to Parcelhub in 2010

Whistl handling almost four billion items a year, has announced that Steve Marjoram has become the new Managing Director of Parcelhub. Marjoram, previously served as Finance Director at the company for 4 years and replaces Mark Rosenberg who has moved to an advisory role until the end of the year.


Philip Andrews, DfT, Deputy Director, I am writing to the IOC to let you know that the Government will be suspending the HGV Levy for 12 months, from 1 August. As you will appreciate, the haulage industry is critical to keeping the country moving and plays a key role in supporting our economy recovery and growth. The suspension of the Levy is intended to provide some relief to hauliers, given the difficulties faced by the sector during the pandemic.

DPD has confirmed that it is to partner with the London EV Company (LEVC) for a series of road trials ahead of the launch of the company's new VN5 Electric Van later this year.

IOC fellow, Dwain McDonald, DPD's CEO commented, ‘We are committed to having the greenest fleet in the UK, as soon as possible."



· Leeds City Council takes delivery of 122 Renault Kangoo Z.E.33

· All-electric LCV to be used for the delivery of council services and have a major role in new EV Trials Scheme

· Award-winning Kangoo Z.E.33 chosen for its value, space and range of up to 143 miles (WLTP)

· Renault Kangoo Z.E.33 priced from £19,380, excluding VAT, after the Plug-in Van Grant.


Congestion starting to rise in Central London due to challenging restrictions and one-way systems

Stuart Godman, ‘I really see our Cargo Bike fleet returning to pre-covid demand and more.’

At the end of May, IOC fellow, Stuart Godman, London courier company boss of Absolutely, highlighted some of the potential challenges of deciding how companies return to work and how the logistics landscape was going to change

It was clear that the square mile and many busy locations such as Park Lane (pre covid-19) were certainly going to introduce more restrictions to ensure the safety of the public.

We thought we would catch up with Stuart a month on from his initial thoughts to see what’s developed at Absolutely.


DfT Review of last mile logistics 2019 s

From a meeting in 2019, the numbers appear far removed from present day in the Govt Position statement on last mile logistics, but vision of electric van and cargo cycle is in there. Published this week 19 June 2020, this states the independent position of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Science Advisory Council on last mile logistics in transport. The report includes:

·         a summary of the issues around last mile delivery

·         a summary of potential technical solutions and business-model measures to minimise negative impacts of last mile delivery

·         recommendations on how Department for Transport could support future solutions for last mile delivery​