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DfT, Phil Martin helps get vans across the borders (30 Oct 2020)

This week DfT focused on haulage crossing EU borders, there was no mention of vans. IOC jumped in with Man from the Ministry, Phil Martin to help, resulting in a clear message that haulage is not just heavy trucks.

Vans are in the mix.

Friday - United Same Day Solutions, Tamworth Ltd, ‘Busy, busy day today. We have vans leaving for Paris, Rotterdam, Cologne and Dortmund.

DHL Express, expects unprecedented online shopping and shipping volumes during the upcoming peak season 2020.

The continuing growing levels of globalisation and digitalisation result in strongly increasing number of merchants selling globally and online marketplaces, such as shopping apps via which customers can choose from offerings all around the world. As a consequence, cross border trade has continuously grown over the last years.

Further, due to this year’s predominating uncertainties coming with the pandemic, consumers are shifting their shopping activities to the online world like never before.

IOC fellows are asking for the one-stop-shop, knowledge bubble on Brexit to return to the IOC web.

We take a quick review of latest DfT, BEIS & DEFRA detail to explain what goods-vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage from 1 January 2021.


Hermes has just secured planning consent to build a state-of-the-art automated parcel distribution hub located in Barnsley.

All green, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelled vehicles will be based at the hub and there will be provision for electric cars.

Commissioner ‘I am committed to the freight industry.

Alex Williams, ‘London is functioning in a different way


Posties to collect as well as deliver the mail on the doorstep.

Royal Mail has launched a parcel pick-up service across the UK in a shake-up of the daily round.

Royal Mail say this is one of the biggest changes to their service since the launch of postboxes in 1852.

Have your say on making activities like taking photos and playing games on hand-held mobile phones illegal while driving.

People using a hand-held mobile phone in all circumstances while driving will be breaking the law, under new government plans unveiled by Roads Minister Baroness Vere yesterday, Saturday (17 October 2020) to close a legislation loophole and improve road safety.

It’s already a criminal offence to use a hand-held mobile phone to call or text while driving, but not for other actions such as taking photos.


As Diamond continue to scale at pace, they announce a promotion to Chief Innovation Officer for Daniel Allin and the appointment of Steve Cairns as Chief Technology Officer.

IOC Heads of Industry round table – virtual on Zoom – fellows followed from their laptop.

Hands up, clappers rattling, thumbs up in a very interactive zoom with three life services and two honorary fellows onboard.



IOC Vice President, former transport minister, Sir John Hayes CBE MP and one hundred thousand vans at the table for the top-level briefing of all things express. Three life services fellows online for the event, Jeffrey Ritterband, Justin Moore & Alistair Cochrane.

Sir John spoke from Westminster as the days COVID briefing unfolded, Sir John then congratulated the express sector for delivering in lockdown and announced news of the National Courier Awards, "my formal job is to tell you and cut the ribbon as the awards go on the road and are delivered to you."

Fellows lodged questions in a hot house of ten min keynotes from Govt to region, TfL & TfGM finishing with expert Alan Lewis on IR35 Covid-19 furlough.

Each keynote with a focused operator question.

Graham Thomas, Ocado ‘Asked Renault when they can deliver the EV van and where were they are on 4.25 ton availability with batteries for a regular licenced driver.’

Emma Smith Hermes asked DWP when the new express introduction course would be nationally available.

Rob Scott GLH queried TfL on road space. Chris Floyd DPD sought communication channels from IOC Hon fellow Highways England boss Jim O’Sullivan’s key note on UK strategic roads network.

Andy Margolis, Tuffnells asked national police for reporting procedures and Richard England Cambridge Co asked Alan Lewis for a future furlow vision.

IOC wrapped the whole masterclass in less than two hours, A full briefing from latest freight policy on road and region to furlough on the payroll. It was not to be missed.

Fellows can recap the whole Zoom here with individual speaker links after the break

3,000 additional shops takes DPD Pickup network to over 6,000 outlets

DPD has confirmed that over 3,000 Collect+ parcel shops are to be added to the DPD Pickup network, as part of a deal with PayPoint, the owner of Collect+.

The new deal will expand the DPD Pickup network to over 6,000 stores nationwide, with 3,000 Collect+ outlets being added. As a result, 97% of the UK population will now be within five miles of a DPD Pickup store.