Strong freight sector support of LoCITY is helping deliver ‘significant benefits’


The scale of freight sector support for the industry-led LoCITY programme is a “real achievement”, according to a top TfL official.

LoCITY is a five-year programme that began in 2016, supported by TfL, to help the freight industry make the transition towards adopting more low-emission vans and HGVs on their fleets.

Speaking ahead of next week’s LoCITY Conference taking place at Freight in the City Expo in London where more than 1,400 delegates have already signed up to attend, TfL director of city planning Alex Williams, said: “It’s a real, real achievement: the scale of the network, the scale of involvement, the sharing of ideas and the desire to move to the next level of innovation and improvements to vehicle design and driver behaviour.

“This is fundamentally the most impressive part of the whole programme.”

At the LoCITY Conference, Williams will talk about TfL’s work in delivering the mayor’s draft transport strategy, alongside the roll-out of the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in April 2019.

Fleet operators will also learn what new LoCITY tools are available to help them with their vehicle buying decisions and hear about R&D work taking place across the programme’s working groups.

“There are some excellent individual components to the programme, such as the vehicle finder tool or the LoCITY driving elements, but I think the thing that is so impressive is having so many people involved for the right reason: because they want to improve the way that freight operates in the city,” said Williams.

“We know that LoCITY is delivering significant benefits and it is key that we publicly celebrate the partnership and the programme’s successes. This is essential if we are to increase public awareness and communicate effectively with the industry.”

Mayor confirms Ultra Low Emission Zone will start in April 2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed his plan for an earlier start date for an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

In a statement today, TfL confirmed that the ULEZ would start on 8 April 2019 in central London requiring HGVs to meet Euro-6 emission standards and petrol-powered vehicles Euro-4.

The ULEZ will replace the T-Charge introduced last week and operate in the same area, alongside the Congestion Charge but (unlike the T-Charge and Congestion Charge, which are only in place on weekdays) it will operate 24 hours a days, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Failure to pay the £100 charge for HGVs could see a fine of up to £1,000 levied.

Plans to extend the ULEZ London-wide for HGVs remain under consultation.

Last year, London operator O’Donovan Waste Disposal urged Khan to give the road transport industry more time to adjust to the new emissions rules.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD at the Tottenham-based firm, said any acceleration in the rollout of the ULEZ would leave very little time for operators to plan for the reforms.

“Khan’s clean air revolution will require HGV operators to reduce diesel emissions in all forms across their entire fleets, as well as require them to adopt new clean technologies.”

“But this does not happen overnight,” warned O’Donovan, adding that the wider industry needs time to make further changes and adopt new technologies.

In today’s statement the mayor said: “London’s lethal air is one of the biggest health challenges of this generation. We can’t continue breathing in air so toxic it harms children’s lung development and causes chronic illness and premature death. I am determined to take the bold action needed to address this scourge once and for all.

“So I am pleased to confirm that from 8th April 2019 – 17 months earlier than planned – stricter standards for diesel vehicles will apply 24/7 across central London. This builds on the success of the T-Charge and is part of my comprehensive plan to clean London’s air.”

ULEZ – Key points
  • From April 2019 the ULEZ will replace the T-Charge and operate in the same area, alongside the congestion charge but (unlike the T-Charge and Congestion Charge, which are only in place on weekdays) it will operate 24 hours a days, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • There will also be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. These charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge (C-Charge), so the more polluting cars and vans would pay £24 per day and lorries would pay £111.50 during C-Charge hours.
  • All revenue raised will be used by Transport for London to help maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the transport network.

TfL’s director of city planning Alex Williams will be taking part in next week’s LoCITY conference held at Freight in the City Expo in London on 7 November.

Williams will be talking to the freight sector about the ULEZ rollout, as well as the mayor’s draft transport strategy, and on hand to answer audience questions.

Register today for your free entry pass.


Microlise: ‘Big data can help freight sector boost road safety in urban areas’

The freight sector is on the verge of harnessing the power of big data to boost the safety and efficiency of their fleet movements in urban areas, according to telematics firm Microlise.

Speaking ahead of his appearance at next week’s Freight in the City Expo in London, Matthew Hague, executive director of product strategy, said: “We will see big data being used by transport service providers in our towns and cities within months, using it to improve the efficiency and safety of freight vehicle movements.”

He added: “Operators will gain the ability to accurately predict risk based on time of day and conditions, enabling street by street profiling.

“It will enable transport service providers to limit risk, thereby potentially reducing insurance costs and disruption to fleets and drivers.”

Microlise has been exploring the capabilities of using big data in fleet technology through a series of research projects over the past two years, supported by government funding.

The company already captures several billion miles worth of road data each year, however it said putting this vast amount of information to good use can be the challenging part.

“How to glean useful information from an ocean of data is a challenge, but new technologies and techniques are enabling us to scale up and process large data sets in a quick and agile way,” said Hague.

One of Microlise’s Innovate UK-funded projects, in partnership with the University of Nottingham, was to achieve customer and market value from high volumes of complex data generated through real-time telematics.

This has now been completed and Microlise said it will soon be in a position to incorporate this research into new products designed for the freight sector.

Dennis Eagle to show Direct Vision-ready Elites at Freight in the City Expo

Dennis Eagle will be bringing two of its Elite urban trucks to Freight in the City Expo next week, which have a five-star rating in the TfL’s interim ratings for the Direct Vision Standard.

The manufacturer will have a 44-tonne Elite tractor unit on display, which has been developed with Explore Transport for the operator’s last leg journeys inside the M25.

Lee Rowland, sales and marketing manager at Dennis Eagle, said: “Their plan in operational terms is to use their conventional vehicles outside of the M25. Then for the final stage of delivery they’ll change the trailers at a satellite depot on the outskirts and use the Elite tractor units to bring the trailer into the city.”

Dennis Eagle will also have a 32-tonne tipper grab with an Elite chassis, owned by London-based customer FM Conway.

“It’s a big show for us next week,” Rowland said. “There’s a lot of momentum behind the Clocs project. We really want to promote the Elite product. It’s the best for direct visibility in the marketplace and it’s a UK manufacturer.”

Dennis Eagle staff will be on the manufacturer’s stand at the expo to talk to visitors about the benefits of the low-entry truck and the support available with the purchase of the vehicles.

Rowland said: “It is different to a standard vehicle, it’s not a day cab, it’s not what most people are used to. So a lot of it is education about how our vehicle works.

“It’s an automatic, but is geared for stop start operations. So our vehicle is tuned for the London environment. We’re confident that that’s going to go down well.”

Innovate UK: ‘Embracing new technology helps freight operators stay competitive’

Freight operators must keep pace with emerging technology to remain competitive, according to the newly appointed ultra-low-emission vehicle lead at Innovate UK.

Speaking to, Venn Chesterton said the growing number of competing demands on the freight sector – such as CO2 reduction, air quality regulations and on-demand deliveries – mean operators need to innovate to remain viable.

“You simply cannot be the operator you were a few years ago and survive in this market,” he added. “Operators are now looking for things to help differentiate themselves from their competitors.”

Chesterton was appointed to Innovate UK – the government’s innovation agency – in October to help support the UK automotive industry’s transition towards ultra-low-emission vehicles.

“There are so many drivers out there pushing people towards an ultra low-emission vehicle,” he said.

“Whether it’s cities or countries putting in plans to ban the sale of diesel vehicles, or to charge significant amounts to enter a city, it’s all coming forward.”

Ultra-low-emission passenger cars have already started to see market penetration, and Chesterton believes a similar pattern is now emerging for the freight industry.

“The technology is rising and is finding its way into the freight sector,” he said.

“There are some real, genuine alternatives to the ICE available right now, as well as a lot of R&D happening from a technology point of view: for example, batteries have become more energy dense and gas engines are able to run at a higher torque.”

However, such technology is more challenging to develop for the freight sector due to the complex specification of many commercial vehicles designed for specific job functions.

Chesterton will be talking about the UK’s leading automotive R&D work at Freight in the City Expo on 7 November in London, a conference and exhibition dedicated to sustainable urban deliveries (pictured).

He said: “Over the past three years, Freight in the City Expo has really established itself as an important event for the industry.

“Operators want to differentiate  themselves from their competitors and events like this give people the opportunity to keep pace with industry.”

See the DAF LF City at Freight in the City Expo

Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace, London, next week will showcase DAF Trucks’ new LF City.

The City variant is part of a wider LF range of lightweights (from 7.5- to 18-tonne rigids).

The 7.5-tonner that will be at the expo is powered by an SCR-only 3.8-litre 170hp engine, developing 600Nm of torque. DAF said the Paccar PX-4 – now the smallest engine in the DAF range – has been optimised for urban operation

A 5-speed manual gearbox and super-tight turning circle combine with the PX-4 to provide nimble driving characteristics, and an overall distribution package ideally suited to start-stop vocational applications.

Another vehicle highlight at the expo will be Terberg’s Urban Safety Logistics Vehicle. The 18-tonne refrigerated truck was designed in conjunction with Terberg’s sister company Dennis Eagle and bodybuilder Gray & Adams.

The free to attend Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November and as well as an exhibition of the latest urban delivery vehicles and technology, it features a full seminar programme where expert speakers will address some of the major challenges of the day facing urban operators.

Terberg Urban Safety Logistics vehicle in the spotlight at Freight in the City Expo

The recently launched Terberg Urban Safety Logistics Vehicle is taking pride of place on the manufacturer’s stand at the Freight in the City Expo 2017.

The 18-tonne refrigerated truck was designed in conjunction with Terberg’s recently acquired sister company Dennis Eagle and bodybuilder Gray & Adams.

The vehicle is designed to go beyond the current trend for low-entry, high-visibility trucks and create a complete package to enable safe, quiet and efficient urban deliveries.

The truck is based on Dennis Elite 4×2 rigid chassis and has a Volvo D8K 280bhp Euro-6 engine and Allison MD3000 six-speed automatic gearbox.

It also features the low-noise, low-emission Carrier TRS Twin Cool undermount 2CPT refrigeration system as standard, which is fitted to a Gray & Adams dual compartment reefer body with an internal moveable bulkhead.

The walk-through cab has seating for a driver and two passengers, with storage for extra kit. Nearside access is through a bus-style full length glass panel folding door, giving direct vision capability.

Another safety feature is the Dhollandia 500kg side loading lift, incorporated into the rear nearside corner of the body to form the load floor, which complements the standard Dhollandia tail-lift.

The truck is also installed with the latest Mobileye Shield + collision avoidance system, which combines proximity intrusion information from around the vehicle, removing the need for the driver to monitor individual cameras.

  • See the Terberg Urban Safety Logistics Vehicle for yourself at the Freight in the City Expo 2017, taking place at Alexandra Palace on 7 November. Register for your free place today.

Renault Trucks returns to Freight in the City with latest vehicles to meet the urban challenge

Renault Trucks returns to Freight in the City Expo this year with a set of new vehicles designed to meet the challenges of the urban environment.

The manufacturer is showcasing the brand new C320 8×4 Tridem in 2.3m cab variant on stand V01 along with the Range D18 4×2 R Low 250 E6 with a Boughton skiploader body.

The Range C320 Tridem (pictured below) delivers the load capacity of an eight-wheeler with the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler and comes with factory-fitted extra axle adaption.

Its smaller, lower cab has a factory-fitted vision window and short front overhang allowing greater manoeuvrability and vision in congested urban environments.

A rear-lifting axle delivers a narrower turning circle which also keeps the truck closer to the kerb when turning left, compared to traditional 8x4s, reducing the high-risk area for cyclists when turning.

The Range D skiploader (main picture) includes two-step access with a step height of just 375mm. Equipped with a factory-fitted vision window in the nearside door, the vehicle is specified with a full CLOCS safety system, including cycle sensors and the Roadcrew 4 camera system with recorder.

Nigel Butler, Renault Trucks commercial director, said the urban concept C2.3 Tridem is particularly suited to the construction, logistics, distribution and refuse sectors.

“The combination of the low cab with the tridem rear axle lends itself to use as a walking floor tipper, a concrete mixer or a rigid distribution model where the urban concept’s weight advantages and manoeuvrability will be of particular benefit to operators working in constrained urban environments,” he added.

Meanwhile on stand V53, visitors to the show can see the new Renault Trucks Master Welfare Van and the Master Optilogistics Van on display, both of which are from Renault Trucks’ ‘Ready for Business’ range.

Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November at Alexandra Palace, London. It is free to attend, so why not register for your pass today!

Calor to unveil a world first for electric truck market at Freight in the City Expo

Calor Gas will be unveiling the world’s first liquid petroleum gas (LPG) range extender for an electric, rigid cylinder truck at this year’s Freight in the City Expo.

The new truck, built in partnership with Dutch electric vehicle manufacturer Emoss, has been developed in response to the government’s air quality and emissions-reduction strategies.

It uses LPG to drive the vehicle’s electric generator, which charges the battery supplying the motor with electricity.

Calor, a major UK  supplier of LPG and LNG to the transport industry, believes that as proposals for clean air zones and zero-emission zones gather momentum, vehicle OEMs will look to use range-extending technology to make electric trucks viable for fleet operators.

Compliant with the latest emission requirements, Calor said its LPG range extender will deliver lower carbon emissions than petrol and provide the capability to increase a vehicle’s battery-only range up to 250 miles.

The technology also offers the opportunity for geofencing to cut emissions to zero when operating in city centres.

Calor added that BioLPG, which is due to be available in early 2018, offers “even more significant environmental benefits over existing range-extension technologies, such as diesel and petrol”.

Chemically identical to conventional LPG, but created from renewable, ethically sourced feedstocks, BioLPG will play an important role in improving the LPG range extender’s environmental credentials further still in the future.

Paul Blacklock, head of strategy and corporate affairs at Calor, said: “As the UK government continues to put pressure on the transport industry to find cleaner ways of operating, the new LPG range extender with EMOSS presents an exciting opportunity for rigid trucks.

“With trucks fitted with LPG range extenders able to switch entirely to electric when operating in city centres or air quality zones, while already offering improved emission performance when compared with conventional fuels, we are excited to announce this ground-breaking transport innovation.”

Those attending Freight in the City can find out more about the technology on Calor (SO1) and EMOSS’ (V39) stands at the event.

  • Freight in the City, which this year also features the annual LoCITY conference, takes place on 7 November at Alexandra Palace. It is free to attend and features a full day’s seminar programme and a large exhibition of the latest urban trucks, vans and technology. Register today!



Wilcox ENERGYA concrete mixer set to electrify Freight in the City Expo 2017

Wilcox Commercial Vehicles is set to cause a stir at Freight in the City Expo 2017 with the ENERGYA series truck concrete mixer that cuts fuel use, noise and emissions.

Unlike traditional truck mixers where drum movement is generated by a hydraulic system, Cifa’s ENERGYA truck mixer is powered from its own rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which are independent to the chassis engine.

ENERGYA truck mixers are equipped with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), which allows energy recovery during vehicle deceleration. The batteries can also be charged from both the power grid and through a generator powered by the diesel engine on the truck, allowing the truck mixer to be fully operational, even if the batteries are dead.

Jamie Boyce, Wilcox area sales manager, said this makes the mixer particularly suited to congested areas with high traffic levels.

“Concrete mixers need to be kept rotating to keep the concrete mixed while on route to the delivery site,” he said. “With the mixer being independent to the chassis engine, when in congestion or waiting to discharge, the driver can cut the engine without affecting the mixer or the load being carried.”

A recent trial run by Cifa showed a saving of 3,600 litres of fuel and more than 9,500kg of Co2 with the ENERGYA mixer creating no Co2 emissions and less than 10db of noise when in operation.

Boyce added: “The batteries can be recharged in around three hours from a power source, but they also recharge through the KERS from the braking system of the chassis.

“By just operating in traffic with frequent stopping and starting, the mixer can stay recharged for a whole day through the KERS system.”

Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November at London’s Alexandra Palace. It is free to attend, so why not register for a pass today!