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Industry news of relevance to Fellows and Members

Whistl has announced that it is trialling the first electric Renault Master ZE to be licenced on UK roads.

The all-electric 3.1 tonne van has a range of around 100 miles and is being trialled in Belfast by Whistl on day-to-day operations, collecting business mail and parcels.


Yellow carpets and black and white stripes at the NEC for logistics trade show seminars from Brexit to Coca Cola sustainable final mile.

Trailblazers from express L2 to degree apprenticeship.

From diversity and inclusion to robots in sortation.

IOC bring you the NEC A-list trade show photo gallery to your laptop, a visit summary and the key notes of seminars in centre stage.

Thomas Cook road to jobs in Express final mile logistics.

The Institute of Couriers is working with DWP's Job Centre Plus Head of Logistics Engagement Alex Farkas to help coordinate job places nationwide for Thomas Cook staff to apply for roles in the Express final mile logistics sector.

Your first step is a brief narrative, name and geographic location to begin an application across the express delivery sector.

Email to the IOC as your first step, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the IOC fellows' Heads of Industry, employment law expert Dr Sybill Steiner spoke tests for employment status of express sector van drivers.

The following day the REQUEST FOR A PRELIMINARY RULING BY THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION , REFERRING TRIBUNAL Employment Judge Andrew Clarke QC at the Watford Employment Tribunal, Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, YODEL DELIVERY NETWORK LIMITED was published.

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ULEZ & Vision Zero – keynote from TfL – ULEZ. Taylor from Irwin Mitchell expert and whole-life electric van cost by CENEX.

Awards nomination case studies, Express Trailblazer apprenticeship workshop, all opened with an industry outline masterclass focused on client chain.

Sept 17th IOC fellows' Heads of Industry round table at the Institute of Directors began with a networking of all things courier from national, regional and SME operators in final mile, last mile.

Tracey Worth delivered a masterclass on nomination material that scores the best results in National Courier Awards nominations. Head of National and Regional partnerships at TfL, Lauren Preteceille talked ULEZ and Vision Zero. Irwin Mitchell put forward Taylor expert, Dr Sybill Steiner who talked worker status and a last minute keynote was CENEX Fergus Worthy who talked whole-life electric van cost.


Van drivers – the silent professionals

One in ten vehicles on the road is a van - 4 million vans

Vans equal £56bn pounds of the UK economy

IOC at Silverstone to look at how we can address the challenge of safety on our roads with Highways England.

Highways England Van Summit 11th September at Silverstone, a shared showcase of all things road from cone trucks to speed camera vans.

Green lighting at the Salford, AJ Bell rugby stadium for challenging questions on UK-wide compliance for clean air zones.

Manchester, Trafford Park logistics homeland for a run on the M60 to the rugby stadium of AJ Bell for a well attended Motor Transport Clean Air roadshow.

Trucks showcasing gas in the car park, a busy micro-table trade show and a long room full-house seminar room shadowed with green roof lights to set the mood for compliant emissions and green transport.

Motor transport, Hayley Pink delivered the H&S, ‘turn left onto the rugby field if the alarm calls’ Three short workshops, gas, electric & euro 6 with a free lunch. Carl Lomas met up with Megan Black.


In heatwave July on Thursday 25th Boris Johnson appointed a new Secretary of State for Transport.

MP for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005 Grant Shapps takes the top job at DfT.

Friday saw two more new Transport Ministers appointed as the department looks set for a clean sweep.

Tally of almost three hundred EVs for the South East.

The Big Red Machine talked moving six hundred vans for ULEZ at the recent TfGM Manchester freight forum. This week Royal Mail reported it is rolling out 190 electric vans in London and the South East to add to the 100 that it already operates in the UK.

The new vans have a green livery rather than the traditional red.

There are two IOC must-do dates for your diary in Q4 2019

Heads of Industry Sept 17th - National Courier Awards Oct 15th.