Category Archives: London Traffic

Details of posts highlighting London traffic

London helicopter courier service

The first ever helicopter courier service in London is now in service, delivering urgent documents from across the Atlantic to the city’s vast number of banks in as little as 24 hours.

The DHL Express service flies daily from Heathrow into the Isle of Dogs. This essentially bypasses the traffic and is said to cut the journey time into Canary Wharf and then the City of London by as much as one hour, where London same day couriers then complete the job by road.

This service must be highly popular and can only help businesses in the capital where time is of the essence.

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Making site deliveries safer in London

Site owners and contractors are being asked to help make London’s roads safer for cyclists.

This follows research commissioned by Transport for London into construction logistics and cyclist safety following a spate of deaths and accidents.

They have been asked to try and set more realistic delivery times for materials to arrive on site and for delivery vehicles to be fitted with better safety equipment. This would include side-bars and better blind-spot mirrors.

The recommendations would include:

1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should look at extending regulations that govern the reporting of on road collisions. That could help bring greater responsibility on contractors to monitor and, where necessary, improve driver behaviour.

2. Vehicle manufacturers should carry out more research into the blind spots of construction vehicles. Research in the report shows that certain models of cement mixers can have a blind spot which is up to 50% larger than that of a 7.5 tonne “curtain-sided” delivery lorry.

3. Contractors and their clients should look into setting more realistic time slots for deliveries. That could help reduce pressure on drivers facing challenging delivery deadlines and help reduce the risk of driver errors.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “There is a clear and urgent need to address the spate of serious incidents we have seen involving construction vehicles and cyclists over recent years.

“That is why my team commissioned the first ever independent review of the relationship between construction vehicles and cyclist safety.”

London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “It is clear there is a responsibility for all parties, including cyclists, the construction and haulage industries, safety regulators, highway authorities and ourselves, to take steps to improve the safety of cyclists and ensure that as many of the recommendations detailed in this report are delivered.

We expect this will affect many sameday couriers in London as many companies offer 7.5t vehicles for the larger deliveries.

How will London couriers cope during the Olympics

It’s hard to tell just how well London couriers will cope with the influx of an extra five million visitors.

To be honest, London traffic has never been good at the best of times, so an estimated 30% increase on the roads London could well grind the capital to a halt.

Londons transport infrastructure has been identified as one of the biggest risks to the games’ smooth running and anyone that delivers regularly in London already knows this.
Also, couriers delivering within the capital during this period will be impacted by transport changes, which will increase delivery times in the capital. This will almost certainly affect the following postcodes E, EC, WC, SE, N, NW, SW and W.
Some couriers may even refuse to attempt anything within the E postcodes.

Lets hope it all runs smoothly as the government has intended, and everyone including good old London sameday couriers, do well from the increased business.

Will any London Sameday Couriers look like this?

Tron fans may remember this bike but will we ever see any of the London Sameday Couriers riding one of these

This fantastic bike is all electric and can do 100mph and has a range of 100 miles.

It really is space age but one things for sure, no car driver can claim he never saw you.

Getting your parking ticket overturned

It is one of those facts of life, especially if you drive and park in London. Sooner or later the likelyhood is you will end up getting a parking ticket.

Parking tickets are one of the things that send your blood pressure rocketing. It’s bad enough receiving one when you know you’ve broken the law, parking illegally. But there are times when your certain that you have parked within the rules.
Most people fume at this but then up paying it as they just can’t be bothered to contest it. Same Day couriers in London are only too aware that it’s worth contesting. This also goes for Same Day couriers in Manchester and Leeds

If you’ve got a good case, maybe the signs were not clear or even incorrect or maybe the yellow lines were faded.
Whatever you do, make sure you contest it.
If you’ve got a good reason to contest it, put in writing your reasons (and photo evidence) and the chances are you will have the ticket (PCN) cancelled.

If the ticket is not cancelled, all is not lost. You can still take it to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, the independent body which covers 250 local councils in England and Wales. It is based in Manchester but arranges personal hearings around the country.

If you have a good case there is every chance it will be cancelled, because if the tribunual agree with your appeal, they have the power to force the council to quash it. What’s more you may even get your expenses paid if you have to attend.

Read the BBC report: How are parking tickets overturned?

Electric Vehicle Charging A Big Problem

After reading many articles on the advancement of electric vehicles in the UK the same problem keeps coming up.
Although you can in theory drive from London to Birmingham in an electric car, there just aren’t enough places to recharge your vehicle away from home.
We would love to see the day when all vehicles, including electric courier vehicles, are the biggest percentage of transport on the roads of London and the rest of the UK.

Unfortunately there are two problems.
One is the lack of charging points. The second is the time it takes to recharge your vehicle.

At the moment recharging an electric car is measured in hours but manufacturers are trying to come up with ways to get your vehicle fully charged in just minutes.

If both these problems are addressed sooner rather than later, then this in turn would bring more buyers, which in turn will bring the price of such vehicles down rapidly.

Then the electric vehicle market would really explode, and this can only be a good thing for the planet.

Couriers in demand in rural areas ?

With the abundance of sameday couriers in London there should never be a problem getting the service you require.

Not so in some rural areas of the country, but it could improve if demand rises.

With Royal Mail making plans to sell off most of its business to a foreign rival, it could mean the end of daily deliveries in rural areas, Welsh MPs warned last night.

Could this mean more work for couriers. Maybe, but would customers in these areas be willing to pay a lot more to get their items delivered.
Time will tell but if a private company can offer a similar service to Royal Mail then it may not be such bad news for those people out in the sticks after all.

Whats definite is that the public will not be happy with of their regular daily deliveries being eroded because of a cost cutting exercise.