The next Mayor of London must appoint a dedicated Freight Commissioner if the capital’s businesses are to maximise their productivity and drive growth for the capital, according to business group Logistics UK.
The Rail Reform Bill was published on Tuesday and Logistics UK’s senior policy advisor Ellis Shelton had a response.
Last Thursday 15 February, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and a coalition of terminal and vessel operators and supporting stakeholders published a plan for a net zero future in a bid to accelerate progress towards decarbonising the Thames.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) launched a consultation on “strengthening planning policy for brownfield development” on 13 February – which closes on 26 March – setting out plans to encourage councils to prioritise housing developments on brownfield land.
The same recurring problems have caused vehicle breakdowns during the months of February and March on National Highways’ motorways and A-roads over the last three years, according to new research from National Highways.
New research has revealed that the most dangerous European country to drive in is Romania, with Serbia and Bulgaria coming second and third respectively.
Logistics UK has joined forces with BVRLA, REcharge UK, the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) and The EV Café to create the Zero Emission Van Plan, which launched in Parliament on Tuesday.
Data from Statista indicates that the UK’s electric heavy goods vehicle market is predicted to see a 70% growth by 2026, with more than 2,100 battery-powered vehicles expected to be operational on the nation’s roads.
Shadow Roads Minister Bill Esterson has told members of electric vehicle (EV) trade group RECHARGE UK that Labour will restore the 2030 date for the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in an effort to rebuild consumer and investor confidence and help encourage people to make the switch to electric.
New measures to support electric vehicle drivers from the government’s Plan for Drivers have been launched, including cash for councils, grants for schools, and new proposals to boost chargepoint numbers.
The plan, being launched on 20 February, sets out the steps the group wants to see from government to support the greater take up of zero emission vans across the UK.
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves jointly announced last week that they would cut the green prosperity plan from £28bn a year to under £15bn – only a third of which would be new money.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its final decision on 9 February that it will not recommend that the Liner Shipping Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) be replaced with a UK block exemption, when the CBER expires on 25 April 2024.
Please be advised that a number of climate protest groups, including Extinction Rebellion (XR), have indicated an intention to conduct a ‘Global Week of Action’ with the objective of “holding the insurance industry accountable for its role in the climate crisis.”
FedEx Express Europe has introduced new-model e-cargo bikes to work alongside its vehicle pick-up and delivery fleet in Greater London.
Transport for the West Midlands has informed Logistics UK of three sets of essential works being carried out over the weekend of 16-19 February which will impact the A45, the M42 junction 5-6 and the M6/M42 link road.
The first year of the Generation Logistics campaign has changed the way people consider working in the logistics sector, one which has a vital role in driving all areas of the economy, according to Transport Minister Guy Opperman MP.
To examine how a future administration may improve connectivity both inside and between the UK's main metropolitan areas, the Labour Party is conducting an independent evaluation of rail and urban transport.
In order to assist Transport for London (TfL) in understanding how prepared the market is for the launch of the Progressive Safe System (PSS) in October 2024, as part of the changes to the Direct Vision Standard, the three industry associations have come together to issue a survey for operators to complete.
For several years, Met Office meteorologists have been based at the National Traffic Operations Centre (NTOC) between October and April to provide daily weather forecasts to National Highways staff and public weather warnings.
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