Ultra low emission charge to hit London early

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has proposed that a daily charge for the “most polluting” vehicles in London should begin on 8 April 2019.

sadiq_person_profileAccording to the new proposal, diesel vehicles that don’t meet Euro 6 standards will be charged £100 a day if they are a HGV, bus or coach.

Khan has also proposed an expansion of this charge across Greater London for HGVs in 2020.

The ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) will be located in the same area currently covered by the congestion charge.

“The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing,” said Sadiq Khan. “Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis.

“I am introducing a new T-Charge this October and subject to consultation, I want to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019. This alone will mean the capital has the toughest emission standard of any world city,” said Khan. “But the scale of our air quality challenge is so big that I need to go further. I want to expand the ULEZ from 2020 for heavy vehicles such as buses, coaches and lorries so that all of London will benefit from cleaner air.

“Then from 2021, I want to expand it up to the North and South Circular roads for light vehicles, including cars and vans. These measures will help improve the air that millions of Londoners breathe.

“I want to announce my intention to consult on these proposals in good time so that business and those affected by new charges will have time to make changes they need to adapt to our low emission requirements.”

The RHA has said that hauliers will be hit hardest by the new scheme.

“Air pollution levels in London have actually been consistently dropping since 1970, and hauliers have continued to do their bit to increase air quality: by 2019, 52 per cent of HGVs entering London will be the ultra-clean Euro 6 model,” said Richard Burnett, RHA. “However, the remaining 48 per cent will not, and will face fines of £100 per day for entering the capital, equating to around two billion pounds in fines per annum.”

The FTA said that the confirmation the ultra low emission zone will start in 2019 is “troubling” for small business and specialist hauliers.

“We need to continue the improvement in London’s air quality which is happening anyway, but this regulation taking effect in 2019 will severely disadvantage small businesses working in the capital’s centre,” said Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London and the South East.  “The impact will be especially hard for van users, as by 2019 there will only be two and a half years’ worth of compliant vehicles in the fleet – and no second hand compliant vehicles available for purchase at all.”

A consultation on the new proposal on bringing forward the start date of the central London ULEZ launched on 4th April and runs until 25th June 2017.

Story courtesy of logisticsmanager.com


Weekly Catchup 12th March 2017

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Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 6th March 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Prenton to Manchester

Manchester to Speke

Liverpool to Southport

Clatterbridge – Manchester

Kirkby to Manchester

St. Helens to Speke

Arrowe Park – Manchester

Crosby to Salford

Burscough to Melmerby

Liverpool to Salford

Runcorn to Sheffield

Rotherham to Manchester Airport (cargo)

Bolton to Lancaster

Lancaster to Skelmersdale

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples again this week. We’ve also moved engine parts, food products, school equipment and university printware to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


New vision of the future revealed for Liverpool’s Albert Dock

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New vision of the future revealed for Liverpool’s Albert Dock

At an informal lunch held for key property and business media this week, Aberdeen Asset Management shared its vision for the future of Albert Dock’s evolving retail and leisure offer.

As the most visited free tourist attraction in the North West, the docks welcomed 6.3m visitors in 2016.

Designed by civil engineer Jesse Hartley and opened in 1846, Albert Dock represents the biggest cluster of Grade I-listed buildings in the UK and forms the centrepiece of Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage waterfront.

According to Aberdeen Asset Management, there is no better backdrop for the development of a prime retail and leisure destination.

Richard Wilson, asset manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, said ahead of the lunch: “Albert Dock is a unique space and we have been working closely with our partners in Gower Street Estates since we acquired the commercial spaces in 2016.

“We want to create a new vision of the future of the retail and leisure offer for this one of a kind destination.”

He continued: “We are really pleased with the direction of travel and will be introducing the scheme to planners and to the market in the next few weeks.

“We are working with existing tenants to reconfigure some of the smaller units and create interesting spaces for fledgling businesses to grow.”

Image: A CGI of how the Colonades could look

At the lunch Gavin Tuck, creative director of design agency Small Back Room, presented the proposed new creative direction and vision for Albert Dock.

He commented: “We are embarking on a journey of change, one that will improve the overall attraction of Albert Dock. It’s the creation of a vision for the future direction of Albert Dock, to meet the needs of all of the customers that we serve in this incredible waterfront location.”

The plans include enabling double-height retail units along The Colonnades.

Sue Grindrod, Albert Dock Liverpool’s chief executive, said: “As the freeholders of Albert Dock, Gower Street Estates welcome the investment being made into the retail and leisure offer by Aberdeen Asset Management.

“We are very excited to see this vision unfold and see it realised as part of the longer term plans for the Dock.”

Story courtesy of https://bdaily.co.uk/environment/03-03-2017/new-vision-of-the-future-revealed-for-liverpools-albert-dock/


Weekly Catchup 5th March 2017

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Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 27th February 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Prenton to Manchester

Manchester to Speke

Liverpool to Southport

Clatterbridge – Manchester

Kirkby to Manchester

St. Helens to Speke

Arrowe Park – Manchester

Crosby to Salford

Burscough to Inverness

Burscough to Northampton

Liverpool to Salford

Bolton to Lancaster

Lancaster to Skelmersdale

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples again this week. We’ve also moved engine parts, food products, school equipment and university printware to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Tougher penalties begin for drivers using mobile phones

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Penalty points and fines to double from Wednesday, meaning newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught.

Newly qualified drivers will lose their licence if caught using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel, under tougher penalties that come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday.

Penalty points and fines for using a phone while driving will double, to six points and £200, in what the government said it hoped would act as a strong deterrent to what motoring organisations call an “epidemic” on the roads.

Drivers can have their licence revoked if they accrue six points within two years of passing their test. Those caught using their mobile twice, or who accrue 12 points on their licence, will face magistrates’ court, disqualification and fines of up to £1,000.

Twenty-two people were killed and 99 seriously injured in road accidents where drivers were using a mobile phone last year in Britain.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.

“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.

“Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.”

Reaction times are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared with those who have been drinking, according to the Transport Research Laboratory.

Police forces across the country will be increasing patrols and cracking down on mobile use until 7 March. A coordinated national enforcement week in January saw about 3,600 drivers handed penalties.

A consultation last year on proposed tougher penalties for using a mobile while driving received almost unanimous support, the Department for Transport said. Chief constable Suzette Davenport, the head of roads policing on the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “These new penalties reflect the seriousness of the offence and will strengthen the deterrent against using a mobile phone at the wheel. We need people to understand that this is not a minor offence that they can get away with.”

The RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The use of handheld mobile phones is at epidemic proportions and sadly the attitudes of many drivers have relaxed towards this illegal and dangerous activity. The new tougher penalties will therefore be welcomed by law-abiding motorists as a better deterrent.”

Story Courtesy Of https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/01/six-points-licence-200-fine-drivers-mobile-phone


Weekly Catchup 26th Feb 2017

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Below is a list of some of the locations we’ve collected from and delivered to, w/c 20th February 2017:

Liverpool to Manchester

Ormskirk to Manchester

Burscough to Crawley

Liverpool to Macclesfield

Liverpool to Armley

Liverpool to Sheffield

Burscough to Bradford

Manchester to Speke

Birkenhead to Salford

Prenton to Manchester

Whiston to Chester

Speke to Leeds

Manchester to Preston

We’ve moved a lot of medical supplies, equipment and samples this week. We’ve also moved aircraft parts, food products, production line equipment and stage props to name a few.

If we can be of any help in moving your goods next week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


HGVs not to blame for pot-holes, says RHA

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The RHA has rejected Local Government Association (LGA) claims that pot-hole levels are “likely to surge” due to an increase in the number of HGVs. The LGA said that the “heavier the vehicle, the more pressure is likely to be exerted on road surfaces, causing them to crumble quicker and form potholes”.

Pothole_BigThe RHA said that the haulage industry has been made a scapegoat for years of under-investment in road maintenance. The FTA has also blamed lack of investment for potholes.

“Local authorities have failed to maintain their infrastructure,”said Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive. “Maintain roads properly and repair them after the installation of pipes and cables, and there will be little problem with pot-holes. Failure to do so will see problems multiply, along with the cost of repair and associated congestion. However, where additional wear and tear is as a result of overloaded vehicles, the RHA strongly supports effective enforcement.

“Our lorries now are no more damaging to our roads than they have been for many years, in fact quite the opposite. However, the damage to vehicle suspensions and tyres as a result of poorly maintained roads costs the haulage operator thousands of pounds each year”.

The FTA’s head of policy Christopher Snelling said: “Freight levels on our roads are still not back to the pre-recession totals of 2006. So the LGA’s assertion that HGVs are solely responsible for the increased number of potholes on Britain’s roads is incorrect.

“It also indicates a clear lack of understanding of the impact of freight vehicles. Larger lorries do not cause increased damage to the road surface – in fact, they have more axles which spread payloads more evenly. When combined with road-friendly twin tyres and road-friendly suspension, this reduces the impact of road usage by lorries. Moving to a greater number of smaller vehicles would not ease the problem, but would simply compound the impact on an already weakened infrastructure.”

Story courtesy of http://www.logisticsmanager.com/hgvs-not-to-blame-for-pot-holes-says-rha/


Updating our blog

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Blog Update

Blog Update

In all fairness, updating our blog has been pretty low on the agenda over the last few months. We could blame the lack of posting online content on the busy run up to Christmas, or on the lack of time we’ve had. Any excuse really! The fact is we haven’t posted anything for ages and we plan on changing that asap. We understand the importance of keeping the blog updated with fresh content, so over the coming months, we will be letting you know about our services, our news, the places we collect and deliver to and any other courier related business news.

Over the last couples of months, we’ve had a number of new additions to the business. We’ve given our company logo a refresh, taken on a new driver (Good Luck Tim) and we’re now looking forward to a (hopefully) busy 2017.

We’ve also added a new small van to the fleet. The Berlingo can carry the following:

courier small van

courier small van

 

  1. One standard or Euro pallet
  2. Up to 450kg in weight
  3. Goods measuring up to 1 metre high
  4. Goods measuring up to 1.5 metres long
  5. Goods measuring up to 1.4 metres wide
  6. The width between the wheel arches 1.25 metres
  7. Approximately 2.8 Cubic metres of cargo

 

As always, if we can be of any assistance to your company, wether it’s urgent documents or pallet loads of goods, give us a call on 0151 372 8221 for a competitive quote.


Iceland to trial 5.5-tonne electric truck in home delivery fleet

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Iceland is to trial a 5.5-tonne Paneltex electric truck on its home delivery fleet, thanks to a Government project.

Iceland will deploy a Paneltex all-electric truck on a 5.5t Isuzu chassis for the project. The vehicle will be fitted with Sunamp’s cold storage technology, making use of Route Monkey’s EV optimisation algorithms for journey planning. The fourth consortium member, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), is involved in dissemination of project results. It is targeting a significant improvement in the range, payload and performance of EVs used for chilled goods logistics.

The trial is part of a £38 million initiative funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Andrew Bissell, CEO of Sunamp said: “The partnership’s combined technology has the potential to be a genuine game-changer. If it proves as successful as we expect, it will have far-reaching applications in refrigerated vehicles and beyond.”

Sunamp, the project’s lead partner, will effectively invert its heat batteries to create a new cold storage technology that can maintain the required ambient temperature in the vehicle’s cargo area. The Sunamp system has a better power to weight ratio and is more efficient than using Li-Ion batteries, helping to increase the vehicle’s payload capabilities by reducing the size of the traction battery pack.

This trial builds on Sunamp’s research and development, under previous Innovate UK funding of heat batteries, for heating and air conditioning in electric cars and buses, with benefits in extending the useful range of these EVs at low cost.

Route Monkey’s EVOS software optimises EV range by calculating factors such as route topography and scheduling deliveries of heavier loads at the beginning of the day. It will also plan the demo vehicle’s deliveries in accordance with Iceland’s two-hour customer time windows.

For this trial, Route Monkey’s dynamic optimisation of the demonstrator will include the capabilities to react to traffic congestion, factor in weather conditions, and – in case of emergency – schedule a top-up charge of the batteries and cold storage Heat Batteries at the nearest available charging point.

Trakm8’s telematics will provide real-time data including monitoring the ambient temperature and battery state of charge. Route Monkey’s heuristic algorithms are self-learning, meaning they will evolve and further improve their problem-solving abilities, as the trial progresses.

Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey, said: “Fundamentally, our goal is to make electric vans and trucks a far more attractive option for chilled goods home delivery fleets.”

The project is looking for more fleets to participate in the trials. Anyone interested should contact 01875 610001.

Story courtesy of www.commercialfleet.org


We’re updating our website!

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Please bear with us whilst we  make some important changes to our website. We will hopefully have it up and running to full capacity soon. Thanks.

 

Jay