“We must remember that freight and logistics is the lifeblood of this country”, said TfL MD of surface transport Leon Daniels launching the inaugural Freight in the City Expo on 27 October at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the iconic London venue to learn more about the industry’s drive towards making urban freight deliveries cleaner, safer, quieter and more efficient.
“We are delighted to be here demonstrating that we are part of the support that the freight industry needs to keep London a buzzing, economically thriving city.”
Daniels said that the capital has not been as busy as it is today since its 1939 peak, with a further two million people predicted to move to London by 2031, generating an additional five million road journeys on top of the 24 million already taking place. This is why it is investing £4bn into improving its infrastructure through its Roads Modernisation Plan.
Better use of technology, such as kerbside management systems, would help drive efficiency and sustainability of freight movements and contribute towards improving the capital’s air quality. This would be complemented by the introduction of an ultra-low-emission zone by 2020 to drive down harmful emissions from transport and encourage the uptake of cleaner, hybrid commercial vehicles in London.
TfL’s targeted enforcement to improve the safety of HGVs entering the capital would also continue to be stepped up, with initiative’s such as the Safer Lorry Scheme launched last month and Operation Safety successfully driving up standards. It would also continue to encourage HGVs to be designed with lower cabs, larger windows and new safety technology ensuring London was doing “everything possible to reduce the number of vulnerable road users killed in our city to zero”, said Daniels.
“But air quality, pollution and safety is not just about London,” he added. “We are determined to really drive forward, working with other agencies, safer truck logistics programmes across the whole of the country. Freight in the City demonstrates all that is good in this industry, and we are delighted to be here.”
- DAF Silent Mode brings quiet to urban delivery operations
- New Lightweight DAF LF with PIEK-certification to meet low noise levels
- Low-height DAF CF Haulage 8×4 with additional floor-height passenger window
- Brigade Side Scan and VUE camera system brings cyclists into focus
DAF Trucks arrives at Freight in the City equipped with a raft of new product innovations to meet the ever-increasing demands of urban operations. PIEK-certification for its LF at 7.5t means DAF Silent Mode is now available across the DAF product range, while a clear focus falls upon cyclist safety with the inclusion of a number of active and passive safety enhancements.
Keep it quiet – DAF Silent Mode
Market-leader DAF Trucks is showing two models at Alexandra Palace. Its CF 400 FT 4×2 tractor is equipped with Silent Mode, allowing it to meet low-noise standards for night time deliveries. Silent Mode is engaged by the driver by simple activation of a dash-mounted ‘Silent’ button. Beneath the cab, engine software alters performance characteristics to reduce noise levels to less than 72 dB(A).
As announced at last week’s RAI Show in Amsterdam, DAF Trucks’ Silent Mode offering now extends to the LF range. With confirmation of PIEK-certification on PACCAR PX-5 engine variants (150bhp and 180bhp) DAF’s lightweight 4×2 rigid models for early morning and night-time urban operations are now available in the UK. Silent Mode is available on both CF and XF models powered by the Euro-6 PACCAR MX-11 engine.
Importantly for customers of LF, CF and XF Silent models, acquisition costs remain low thanks to conventional driveline technology. Other PIEK-certified vehicles on the market are powered with gas engines or have hybrid drivelines resulting in prohibitive up-front acquisition costs.
A clear view – DAF CF 8×4 Haulage model
DAF Trucks’ second exhibit, and a truck which takes cyclist safety to the next level, is the CF 440 FAD low-height 8×4 rigid tipper. The Construction Logistics & Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) DAF demonstrator is already under evaluation with a number of London-based tipper operators with many making serious enquiries. The vehicle is based on DAF Trucks’ successful CF low-height haulage chassis, with its cab mounted 150mm lower than its CF Construction 8×4 stablemate, thus greatly improving direct visibility in the vicinity around the cab.
For added driver awareness, DAF’s CLOCS demonstrator boasts Side Scan technology from Brigade Electronics. The system warns cyclists when the vehicle is turning left while alerting the driver should a cyclist encroach on the nearside of the vehicle.
Completing the driver’s command of his immediate surroundings, the vehicle is fitted with an additional floor-height window in the passenger door to provide a direct view of cyclists and pedestrians. Importantly, the design, developed by Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies, allows the main passenger door window to open; a key benefit that enables drivers to have a clear view of traffic during poor weather and to allow access to the mirrors from the passenger seat for cleaning purposes. Astra’s floor-height door window makes its debut at Freight in the City.