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During the IOC Taylor review, express and courier operators unanimously asked IOC for a code of conduct and this is on the way.

At the heart of such a code will be a clarification to all parties of the status of employment and an understanding of that status between the parties.

Employment status, PAYE, self-employed and worker status have been at the heart of the Taylor review for the express courier sector, who often engage van drivers in multiple and mixed platforms of employment; cost of van, fuel and maintenance, mixed with choice of routes and hours of delivery placing many drivers in the self-employment category.

IOC clearly established the majority of express operators do not view themselves in the gig economy, having bricks and mortar distribution networks and long-standing business models. Flexibility of working patterns opens opportunities across a wide diversity of driver while urban density issues challenges income value against minimum pay where deliveries are spaced apart in green road environments.

This week GMB union hit the express news with the latest Leeds tribunal reported below. And at the same time the Pimlico plumbers appeal was reported, London partner of Irwin Mitchell has published a review of the Pimlico case, summary below.

August 1st set for IOC round table to review sector code of conduct.

Heads of industry hold the date August 1st, lunch and pm, round table review for headlines of the IOC sector code of conduct/practice.

The round table will be hosted by Irwin Mitchell at their Holborn London HQ. Key agenda items of the code will include status of employment for couriers.

Recent EBISS event in Utrecht co-hosted by PostNL.

Tiemen van Bruggen was asked to join the podcast. Podcast report Tiemen van Bruggen is Transformation Director at PostNL, he joins me to talk about delivery and strategy. We talk about differences in residential delivery across various European countries, setting up a delivery network from scratch, and agile development.

Rich in operator discussion at the heart of low emission solutions for light vehicles, cargo bikes and small vans

Lomas opened with a pineapple example of supply chain delivered to the door in the exploding e-retail final mile client chain.

Rob Scott Greater London Hire, GLH, ‘We all need to be more joined up with a common view of clean air.

Sam Clarke Gnewt, ‘It's crazy not to have parking next to charge points.

Kevin Valentine, Addison Lee, ‘You need to scale up the rapid charges really fast.'

June sunshine, football fever as TfL LoCITY light vehicle group packed the Broadway TfL building in SW1, no seats left in the house, operators talking real delivery of clean air included, CitySprint, Addison Lee, Ocado and UPS as frank exchanges detailed the understanding of real world steps, for April 2019 ULEZ and what was going to be beyond.


DPD boss Dwain MacDonald,

Our new Nottingham depot is helping to improve mileage, journey times and CO2 emissions. Investment in new locations, larger, purpose-built depots and our new, larger DCs make a huge difference to our operational efficiency. Nottingham gives us room to carry on growing.


Chairman of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire LEP D2N2, Peter Richardson named the region as the inspirational postcode of England, with eighty per–cent of the UK within four hours' tacho drive.

The new DPD depot brings efficiency in routes that will support clean air and load 200 new jobs into the LEP zone when Nottingham becomes fully operational.

With National Clean Air Day 21st June falling in the middle of Ride to Work Week 18th – 24th June, Institute of Couriers CEO, Tracey Worth thought it was a good opportunity to highlight the part motorcycles play in reducing congestion and air pollution in the UK.

IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland was on two wheels for a week in parliament and took the opportunity during Harriet Harman's speech to announce he was commuting to the Lords on a motorcycle.

From GLA Clean Air conference at City Hall to a Manchester meeting, Tracey took to two wheels for her commute.

Great fun on a very smart red Ducati two wheeler that was an easy machine to handle in both the city traffic and the urban roads.

With a pair of panniers the bike would be at home on final mile deliveries but this trip was just between meetings. It was quick, economical and delivered a clean air solution.

London's City Hall for the Commercial EV Trial – One Year In Event.

At home in the dome of glass with vistas from the Tower of London to HMS Belfast talking clean air at the heart of the govt of London with GLA in City Hall and express folk including Addison Lee, CitySprint, GLH, Hermes, Premier, TNT, ZE Cargo.

IOC chair of electric group Sam Clarke Gnewt delivering the keynote vehicle speech. Patrick Feehily, ‘We need to get smarter about when and where we get local energy’ Christina Calderato spoke LoCITY, ‘we are helping fleets prepare for ULEZ.’ Venn Chesterton talked innovate UK project on freight trials and asked the question 'how clean is gas for alternative fuels?’.Andy Steele, delivered the results of the EV Trial one year in. ‘Smaller vehicles in the trial got to park close to delivery locations while larger vehicles had to park further away.

Daniel Barratt,  The London Mayor's Special Smart Energy lead for the Greater London Authority chaired the event at City Hall SE1 overlooking Tower Bridge.

Everywomen in Transport and Logistics Awards 2018 Supply Chain Leader award went to express final mile, IOC fellow, Faye Calland who took the win for supply chain leader 2018.

Faye Calland is National Same Day Manager - Storage, Fashion & Solutions, TNT.

Judged on: Leader – Celebrates a woman operating in a senior role within her organisation. Faye makes a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business at TNT.

The Supply Chain Leader is awarded to a woman who is innovating and excelling in her role within the supply chain environment.


2018 Van driver of the Year award goes to ‘The Hoss’ GLH Driver David Hosler

Greater London Hire, one year on from their fifty year anniversary raised the bar again with a celebration bash to recognise excellence from bike to van in delivery success for London with the core value of family.

Inst of Couriers CEO Tracey Worth was in London with the GLH family and bagged a girl power photo with Zoe Walsh and Rossana Scott to join family in logistics and recognise people at the heart of the sector.

Eddie the Eagle lands on stage to present Swift Logistics a West Berkshire win.

Eddie the Eagle announces,

This year’s Most Committed Organisation to Learning award goes to the Swift Logistics Group, a Newbury-based distribution and warehousing company.

 Adrian Smith, Swift Logistics boss,

Our view at Swift is simple. investment and support of your community and the development of youth is a sound investment in your own future, we follow this mantra in all our decisions and investments in both our business activities and many and varied communities support programs. Our community matters. It’s sustainable, responsible and effective, and more importantly- it feels great!