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DfT announced this week, new national parking data standards are to be introduced which could mean the end of outdated parking systems.

The world-leading project sees the introduction of new data standards which could revolutionise parking, improving the driver experience.

Data could identify available parking spaces, permitted times and prices, in simple formats that smartphone apps can use right across the country. This could mean the end of outdated parking systems, encouraging more shoppers onto Britain’s high streets.

Thor Johansen, Paxster ‘Saving fifteen minutes an hour in delivery cycles

Friday for Prime Minister step-down, first news at the full-house Bank Holiday weekend light vehicle TfL LoCITY meeting of Mike Ellis, MP for Northampton, stepping into transport minister post from his former arts and culture role.

Great agenda included, Thor Johansen to explain the Paxster electric light vehicle.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week praised thousands of motorists across the capital for changing their behaviour to help improve London’s air quality, as a report evaluating the first month’s impact of his Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) found that 74 per cent of vehicles driving into the zone were compliant with the new standards.

GLA report, number of older, more polluting non-compliant vehicles has reduced by 9,400 on an average day.

Polluting vehicles account for around half of London’s harmful NOx air emissions, and air pollution costs the capital up to £3.7 billion every year.

Launched on 8 April and operating alongside the congestion charge, the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone is helping address London’s toxic air health crisis that currently leads to thousands of premature deaths annually, and increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia.


Microlise Wednesday full house, blue carpets of the Ricoh Arena

Talk of all things freight logistics, packed audience, standing at the sides of the blue carpet for the UK's top freight conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Paul Strong, Google Cloud, talked 'Just-in-time everything.'

Dr Jonathan Keating ‘Growth of e-commerce is influencing the vehicles on our roads today. A better way to understand people's purchasing behaviour is key.'

Felix Kybart, MAN, ‘let me electrify you with the eTGM truck, 180km range. Total cost of ownership for electric will be on the same level with diesel by 2020.'

Elliot Shaw, Highways England, 'we have committed to deliver a charger within twenty miles of you.'


DPD has underlined its commitment to a cleaner, ‘greener’ future by becoming the first UK customer for the all-new, fully-electric eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans, commissioned 10 Long-bodied versions of the ground-breaking, mid-sized model, which combines a competitive carrying capacity with zero tailpipe emissions.

Van was King in a red-themed Commercial Vehicle show 2019.

Walk the CV show red carpet with the IOC exclusive photo gallery; if you did not make it, IOC have an exclusive photo tour from the comfort of your laptop below.

IOC chair, Carl Lomas, met Man from the Ministry, Phil Martin, DfT during three days of commercial vehicles at the NEC to talk all things vehicle in final mile.

What once was a truck show sees the big LGVs in the minority in a land where van is king. Exploding e-retail driving courier and final mile showed in the displays of light vehicles dressed for courier and delivery work. Manufacturers showcasing their volume, weight and loading, getting clean on their emissions for arriving compliance on clean air and listing big numbers in the fuel mile per gallons.

TfGM Manchester freight – the fifth annual event.

Clean air at the heart of it.

Post Bank Holiday sunshine, the Manchester event focused on informing and engaging the Freight sector on the Outline Business Case for the TfGM Manchester Clean Air Plan.

Megan Black spoke passionately for Manchester, Lomas from the IOC looked at Client Chain driven decisions in express.

Tracey Worth talked inclusion of millennials in the logistics workforce alongside DWP Job Centre Plus guru Alex Farkas.

Lorna McAtear, Royal Mail, ‘We are investing 7 million in new compliant delivery vehicles’. We are trialling everything from LNG, CNG and even e-bikes.’ Toby Poston BVRLA, ‘There is a growing demand for petrol vans.’

The full house TfGM freight event delivered a cracking lunch and a magic mix of multi-modal operators. The target was to engage logistics industry operators and it delivered with final mile excellence from heavy LGV to two wheels and walking post.

The forum with over fifty individual operators in the room, generated a better understanding of freight operations in GM. Informing and identifying future needs and the development of potential interventions, Megan Black, TFGM, ‘clean air at the heart of it.’


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.