Courier Exchange catches up with Sonia for International Women’s Day

As today is International Women’s Day, we took the opportunity to catch up with one of Courier Exchange’s top-performing female owner drivers in celebration of this movement for women’s rights.

We’re shining the spotlight on owner driver and director of Courier Hire & Reward Ltd, Sonia Johal.

Celebrated since 1911

International Women’s Day has been taking place on March 8th since 1911 and this year’s theme, #EachforEqual, promotes the individual actions we can take to challenge bias and prejudice but also celebrate the achievements of women. It is for this exact reason that Sonia was chosen for this interview. She represents and supports female empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Sonia wants to let other women know that they too have opportunities in logistics and shouldn’t feel intimidated or burdened by patriarchal ideologies.

Sonia’s story marks the return of our ‘Transport Heroes’ series in which we interview a variety of owner drivers, hauliers and freight forwarders on what makes them successful on the Exchange. Each member’s story is unique, and our aim is to shine the spotlight on their successes, challenges and any wisdom they’d like to share for inspiring and motivating existing members.

Conquering the stereotype

With over 130 positive delivery feedbacks, Sonia Johal’s business ‘Courier Hire & Reward’ has gone from strength to strength, by using CX’s vast network of vetted logistics professionals to her advantage.

Sonia, on the other hand, had no reservations about entering into a male-dominated profession. She loved the personal freedom the job afforded her and eventually decided to start her own business.

I find the industry warm and welcoming. People are kind and were eager to share best practices when I first started. Plus, as long-distance couriers, people are mostly on their own, except for loading and offloading.

Despite the appeal to be her own boss, Sonia recognises that the job isn’t for everyone. She continues, “I don’t think everyone can do it. It requires a lot of concentration over long periods with irregular work hours. Fitness levels, sleep patterns and vehicle maintenance are major factors of success in this business”.

Although not directly experiencing any issues relating to her gender while on the job, it’s not uncommon amongst other women working in logistics. Sonia offered her thoughts on the lack of female owner drivers, suggesting it may be due to the pressures of gender expectations, perceiving driving larger vehicles as daunting and the lack of encouragement and support stemming from this.

When asked about her daily activities, she responded, “My days vary. Energy levels are a factor, as I work 24/7. I’m lucky as I find it easy to sleep, so I can ensure I’m well-rested between deliveries. I have a routine that I follow. Once I finish a delivery, I fill up with diesel, AdBlue, Screen Wash and then get some rest until I’m ready to go. I always turn on my CX notifications, so I can get a head start on quoting for loads while enjoying a coffee”.

Continuous growth for Sonia on CX

Since joining CX, Sonia has already completed over 170 loads, including several direct bookings. Sonia describes how the CX platform streamlines business for its members, with its integrated features and solutions contributing to efficiency and profitability.

‘Friendly, eager, professional and superb’ are just some of the words that members have used to describe Sonia. Her stellar feedback points to her willingness to go above and beyond. Sonia humbly attributes her positive feedback to following customer instructions very carefully and always doing her job ‘with a smile’.

The digital platform and mobile app are very user-friendly. I handle the majority of my work through CX, with very few exceptions. I even use the accounting software to process non-CX-related work. Even my accountant uses the platform for my VAT returns.

As a result of her strong reputation as an owner driver on the Exchange, Sonia has now established successful business relationships with big clients like UPS, FedEx and Hermes, across her 25 years of experience driving vans and larger vehicles like minibusses and trucks.

She’s taken the initiative to gain more qualifications and is currently working to achieve her Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSA), ADR and Level A / B Aviation. Not every owner driver has these certifications, which is another good example of Sonia’s tremendous dedication to growing her business and expanding her horizons. Another interesting fact about Sonia is that she’s also a chemistry graduate, which she considers as having helped her to pass her ADR exam.

Biased beliefs are not a true reflection of reality. Women are excellent professional drivers, but many are still misrepresented and made to feel like they don’t belong in this profession.

Her advice for aspiring female owner drivers

When asked to share some practical words of wisdom for women interested in the industry, she said, “Make sure you train in advance of investing any money into a van. Try driving long distances in the size of the vehicle you will be driving for at least a week, to get a feel of your ability and how to manage your delivery schedule.”

Sonia is a true testament to the opportunities available to women in logistics. They simply need to reach out and grab it with both hands.

From all of us here at the Exchange, we wish all the women operating on our Exchange a happy International Women’s Day!

If you manage a small fleet, then you’ve probably invested in a telematics solution. Telematics gives you several key benefits, but the main one would be giving customers full visibility of your fleet. This helps both parties to better manage risks and control unforeseen costs.

The ABAX Triplog system goes one step further. Unlike other telematics providers, its technology is already fully integrated with the Courier Exchange and Haulage Exchange platforms. By using these two powerful systems together, there’s no limit to the efficiency your fleet can achieve.

This seamless integration between ABAX and the Exchange has helped Victor Rowley, CEO of Start 2 Finish Couriers Ltd, witness productivity in his business like never before. 

The challenge faced

Victor, who founded the same day logistics company, specialising in the transport of commercial waste and hazardous goods in 2003, says that Transport Exchange Group has helped to grow his business.  “We have a very agile fleet, but it is small,” he says. “Transport Exchange Group’s virtual fleet is not only vast, but it’s extremely well-stocked too. That means that when I post a load on the Exchange, which I do around 25 times a month, the smart load matching tool always ensures that I can find an ADR-accredited driver, whose vehicle meets the required standards, to take on the job and carry it out in a timely and professional manner.”

However, like many small fleet operators, as his business grew, Mr Rowley says that “it became increasingly difficult to manage his time”.

He explains, “As I posted more loads through the Exchange, I found that I was spending most of it keeping my customers updated regarding the status of their loads.”

Mr Rowley contemplated hiring another member of staff to help him in the office, but after careful consideration, he concluded that the extra money that he would need to put towards “wages, national insurance and pensions payments” made it “a counter-productive step”.

The simple solution

Seeing that recruiting a member of staff was out of the question, Mr Rowley simply integrated his ABAX Triplog GPS-based vehicle tracking system with Courier Exchange. As a result, he solved his problem.

Mr Rowley says he’s been using “integrated telematics for around two years now”. In terms of operational efficiency, while he says that “it’s difficult to put a figure on it”, but the benefits it has brought “have been instant and far-reaching”.

The benefits

He explains, “These days when I post a load using the Exchange, the ABAX system provides me with live tracking updates – every second of every minute. And what’s more, as the GPS-based system is running all of the time, it can’t be turned off by a driver, nor does it ever go down. As a result, I always receive a reliable, resilient and robust service, which appears on the Live Availability Map. But what’s really clever is that the CX system enables my customers to receive real-time alerts too – and as often as they require them. The best bit, however, is that I don’t have to lift a finger as the updates are sent to them automatically”

While Mr Rowley mostly uses the Exchange “to post loads”, he says that “the enhanced visibility” made possible by the integrated telematics really comes to the fore when he’s posting a load.

 “The combination of the ABAX telematics system with the Exchange’s software lets me post the location, status and availability of my vans in real-time on the live map. This means that every one of the 6,000-plus member businesses on the Exchange can see my vehicles and that massively increases the chances of a booking.”

With integrated telematics taking care of the tedious tasks that were once a big part of his daily ‘to do’ list, Mr Rowley says he has more time “to focus on other parts of the business that need his attention”.

“This has enabled me to provide an even better quality of service to my customers than I was previously able to,” he adds.

What’s more? “The ABAX telematics system helps me to better maintain my fleet. How? Well, it gives me the visibility to control and to reduce fuel costs. It also allows me to track the speed of my vehicles. I’ve programmed the system to send me an alert if one of my vehicles exceeds 75 mph on the motorway. The drivers who work for me are very responsible, and it’s very rare that I get an alert of this nature, but in terms of promoting safety and sustainable driving on our roads, it is a very effective tool.”

Ultimately, Triplog allows Mr Rowley to automate mileage records, which helps me to better maintain vehicles.

“As a belt and braces measure, we also work off a chart and run regular weekly maintenance checks on each vehicle, he says, “But the technology certainly compliments the work we do and provides us with a useful system of checks and balances.”

The courier industry is always on the move – pardon the pun. But it’s not just physically moving – the technology we use is also ever-changing and evolving. So, drum-roll please for the latest legislation to come into effect: as of June 2019, every new vehicle used for delivery work in the courier industry will be required to have a ‘smart tachograph’ installed.

The primary reason for having a tachograph installed in a vehicle is to monitor driver behaviour – in regards to compliance with mandatory drivers’ hours and breaks. So, what’s so smart about the smart tachos? Glad you asked…

Satellites, security and roadside checks

First up, let’s just say if you’re a good, honest and diligent driver who adheres to the rules of the road and the courier industry, you’ve got nothing to worry about with this kind of smart technology in your van. But if you like to cut corners and pull a few ‘dodgies’ every now and again (or often), your ducking and diving days are numbered.

The new technology allows for the use of sophisticated satellite positioning data and much better security, which makes it far less susceptible to tampering. As well as taking a reading at the beginning and end of a journey, it also takes one every three hours of driving, which means no cutting corners when it comes to mandatory breaks and driving hours.

Another hi-tech feature of the devices is their DSRC – Dedicated Short Range Communications. This means that on roadside checks, authorities will be able to directly access data from a vehicle even when it’s still in motion. While it might sound a bit Big Brother-ish, if no infringements are recorded the information must be deleted within three hours. And as a side note, the relevant enforcement agencies aren’t required to start using the equipment that can do this until 2034. But of course that doesn’t mean they won’t start before then, and other European countries may certainly begin using it sooner…

The DVLA is ready!

The DVLA is ready to roll and all driver and company cards issued since the beginning of the year have been fully compatible with the new technology as well as the old. However, it’s different for workshop cards across the country; they were all reissued in April this year, with a validity of 12 months.

More and more, us long term workers in the courier industry are having to learn to roll with the punches. With green initiatives, alternative fuels, electric vehicles and ever-evolving legislation, change seems to be the only constant…

Join Courier Exchange and you’ll be a part of the UK’s fastest growing freight exchange. As a member you can get access to real-time jobs, expand your routes, subcontract work and make use of a range of professional tools to help make your business operations more efficient.

If you ever have any courier jobs in the City of London’s ‘Square Mile’, things are about to get a little slower. The City Corporation has recently announced plans to push for some ‘speedy’ legislation, which will reduce the speed limit for vehicles to just 15 mph.

Prioritising people

While for those of us who do courier jobs it might feel like a bit of an imposition at first, let’s face it – just how much faster do we really get around on average inside the Square Mile traffic anyhow? The legislation is designed to cater for the most popular mode of transport in the capital – which just happens to be the good old human foot! But it’s certainly going to help drivers as well.

This city was made for walking

You might not think it when you’re out there doing your courier jobs in those endless traffic snarls, but up to 90% of all the journeys made in the City of London are done on foot – or at least partially walked. That equates to a whole lot of pedestrian traffic, so it’s not surprising this new legislation is skewed towards keeping them safer. But it’s not all about pedestrians, because while it prioritises the flow for those on foot, the strategy is also set to make motorists’ lives easier!

Planning and strategizing

Although they’ve yet to get government approval, the City Corporation is moving ahead to promote the legislation. Their plan is based on more than 50 proposals from the local authority that will form the basis of their long-term Transport Strategy – and many in the industry are giving their three cheers.

Slowing down to reduce the flow

The plan aims to reduce traffic by up to a whopping 50% by 2044, in order to make better use of the street space. How good does that sound? Imagine zipping around the centre of London earning your daily bread with only half the number of other vehicles on the road! Although at a maximum of 15 mph it might be more like cruising than zipping – but we all know the story about slow and steady…

Less speed, safer roads

As well as making it easier to get around, the strategy to slow down motorists will also prevent those all-too-common road-blocking accidents. In addition to reducing injuries and downtime due to incidents or collisions, having fewer, slower vehicles in the Square Mile will keep traffic flowing much smoother.

Even if you’re in the delivery business, you shouldn’t be looking at the slow down strategy (due to come into effect in 2021/22) as a hindrance. It’s designed to help all the road users in the capital and we’re definitely on board! How about you?

Become a member of Courier Exchange and you’ll build valuable industry networks and contacts. We’re the country’s fastest growing freight exchange, offering the opportunity to buy and sell courier loads, find available drivers and grow your business, so get on board for success.

This year’s Microlise Transport Conference was held on the 15th May and, true to form, it was another successful event. A free one-day event open to anyone involved in the road transport industry, the conference offered an excellent opportunity for attendees to increase their knowledge of current industry related topics.

Several leading figures presented key subjects that included particularly interesting ideas and projections about the future of our industry.

Attended by 1200 fellow professionals, this conference was ideal for those interested in staying up to date with information and developing their business in line with future trends.

Presentations in brief

Paul Strong (Technical Director of Google Cloud)

This presentation provided a fascinating insight into the use of the Cloud and how it can shape companies in our industry going forward. It’s clear the future of transport lies in computers, technology and digital transformation, and Paul did a great job of explaining how technological devices are set to define our businesses.

AI, Just in Time Everything and the Cloud were the focus of this presentation, but the themes offered plenty of scope to expand on this hugely important subject.

Dr Jonathan Keating

This talk was a highlight and was particularly interesting in terms of the growth of e-commerce, something that is set to affect everyone in the courier network in the coming years. There is no doubt that fewer people are going out to shop, instead choosing to buy online. This change in buying behaviour has a direct impact on the number of vehicles on the road, and therefore also impacts congestion and the environment.

The talk focused on the electrification of vehicles, the introduction of e-courier bikes to move goods and the vision for clean air zones.

Marian Kitson (DVSA Director of Enforcement)

This was an excellent discussion about the protection of drivers from unsafe, non-compliant individuals on the road. With more than 10000 cameras out there set to deter dangerous drivers, Marian Kitson is intent on reducing vehicle related incidents. She explained how roadside vehicle checks found defected vehicles and illegal driver hour clocks, and how this will be clamped down on in future.

Elliot Shaw (Highways England)

A huge topic of discussion throughout the UK courier network, the congestion in this country is at an unsustainable level. A road network that allows free flowing traffic movement is key to our economy, which is why congestion is the single biggest issue we must deal with. In this talk, Elliot Shaw explained how the road networks are set to change to accommodate the increased amount of freight on our transport routes. Planning has been laid out in five-year blocks, with the next block of strategic plans to be put in place between 2020 and 2025.

Our industry is a rapidly evolving one, and we are lucky to have such well-organised and well-attended events such as the Microlise Transport Conference. For anyone involved in freight forwarding and doing business throughout the UK courier network, attending conferences like this and keeping abreast of current information is extremely important. Planning for the future is vital in our line of work and any successful company owner or manager needs to stay up to date and move forward in line with industry practice.

If you’re an owner driver with a van, and you’re interested in joining the UK and Europe’s largest, and fastest growing, neutral trading hub for same day jobs in the express freight exchange industry, then contact our sales team today to get set up on 020 8993 7100, or email us at sales@courierexchange.co.uk.

We need to talk about tailgating. You might already be shaking your head and thinking “no, not me, I always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of me. Honest guv’nor.” But the thing is, we can’t all be saying that truthfully, because the stats show that a whopping 23% of all motor vehicle accidents are due to rear-end collisions…

The stats don’t lie

Quite a shocking figure isn’t it? And for those of us out there doing courier work on the roads every day, the need for speed in order to get everything done in the hours we’ve got can make us even more likely to slip up. While your personal driving record might well be as clean as a whistle, consider these facts:

The clash of close and personal

The research also shows that being followed too closely has a negative affect on many road users (do I hear an amen to that?). It’s clearly one of the most annoying behaviours on the road, yet it still happens. Accidents can cause major delays (a big problem for those doing courier work) and, in more serious cases, personal injury or fatality.

It’s simple: back off and you’ll save time, costly downtime expenses and maybe even your life.

Tips to keep your distance

We’re all in the same boat (or van) when it comes to the time pressures of courier work. But it’s important that we all do our bit to reduce the agro and accidents on the road. Keep calm, keep your distance and we’ll all get to carry on. Honest guv’nor!

If you’re not already a member of the Courier Exchange platform it’s time to join the UK’s fastest growing freight exchange. Membership will give you access to real-time information to help you subcontract courier work, find available drivers, expand your routes and watch your business grow!

In the courier industry, being successful doesn’t always have to mean expansion, growing a fleet and taking on bricks and mortar premises. For a hard working owner driver, sometimes being a humble man with a van can be as (proportionately) rewarding and profitable as running a larger operation.

You know how we love a success story, and Bill Barlow is a prime example of how good service, determination and a little help from your friends (that’s us at the Courier Exchange, by the way), can take an owner driver business from zero to hero.

A man and van operation

A mechanic for most of his life, Bill was looking for a change and the chance to enjoy a more flexible lifestyle after the constraints of running his own business. He knew he wanted to be an owner driver of some sort, but after buying a van and running deliveries for a while, he recognised a shortcoming in his operation – which was that for every job he did, he was driving back home empty handed.

Profiting from empty miles

Bill wanted to make his van more profitable by reducing those empty runnings, but he frankly didn’t want the stress of having to go out and build up a big enough customer base that would allow him to do that. Enter the Courier Exchange platform!

Looking before the leap

Bill discovered us after doing some research of his own, but being the world’s largest online platform for trading same day courier work wasn’t enough for him. Oh no, he wanted proof that the exchange was right for him and would allow him to score profitable return loads to fill up those empty miles. He researched and observed the workings of the freight exchange for three whole months before joining, so he had a thorough understanding of the savviest way to use it. 

A match made in heaven

When he did finally become a member, the results were immediate. With hard work and his absolute commitment to great customer service, he earned himself an excellent reputation amongst his peers and freight forwarders on the platform. In fact, it worked so well for him that now it’s the only place he uses for bookings and advertising his capacity, and he even uses the management tools for all his invoicing. He says it’s given him the flexibility and freedom to work as much or as little as he wants and grow at his own pace. Sounds good to us Bill!

Bill Barlow is a great example of how Courier Exchange can work for any sized business, whether you’re an owner driver or a larger company. No matter how fast or gradually you want to grow your business, membership gives you access to a huge virtual fleet and same-day courier jobs at your fingertips. It works for Bill, so get in touch and we’ll show you how it can can work for you.

Last year was an extremely productive and profitable year for our 6,000 plus member organisations who make their living on Courier and Haulage Exchange.

Collectively, members posted nearly two million loads earning them over £175 million in the process – a 42 percent increase on 2017.

To celebrate, Transport Exchange Group hosted an annual members’ evening and awards event on the 18th of June. Held in Coventry at the prestigious Double Tree Hotel, the gathering, which was attended by a record number of member businesses, was our most successful yet.

With collaboration being a key part of Transport Exchange Group’s DNA, 300-plus members who attended had the opportunity to network with other like-minded members, share business ideas and learn about some of the new and exciting technologies soon to be launched by Courier and Haulage Exchange.

One of the main highlights of the evening was the awards ceremony. Staged once a year, it’s dedicated to recognising and rewarding excellence in logistics.

With so many stellar operators to choose from, the judging panel had their work cut out for them this year. The competition was tough this year, but three member organisations in particular stood out from the rest.

Liverpool-based same day operator, Quickline Couriers, beat stiff competition that landed them the coveted ‘Company of the Year’ award.

Quickline Couriers

Managing Director of Quickline Couriers, Andy Martin, said, “We’re delighted to receive this award. We’d like to thank all of our staff for their hard work, and the many hundreds of owner drivers and companies, who make our business what it is. We’d also like to recognise the role that Courier Exchange has played in our development. Not only has access to its large, compliant virtual fleet helped us to scale up our business, but its smart technology has dramatically increased operational efficiency too meaning that we can cater for our customer’s every need from pick up to drop off.”

In the ‘New Member of the Year’ category, JD Delivery Notts Limited, triumphed. On picking up the award, Tomas Juozunaitis, the Managing Director of JD Delivery Notts Limited, a company specialising in nationwide same day courier services, said, “This is a very proud moment for JD Delivery as we are still in our infancy… The last year has been a great journey for us and we’re excited to expand our business further with the continued backing of Courier Exchange. By utilising the excellent services and opportunities offered by the Exchange, we’ve been able to develop several new long-term business relationships, which have increased sales and, most crucially, have given us the confidence to grow our business.”

In the last presentation of the evening, Thomas Reid was named ‘Owner Driver of the Year’. Mr Reid wasn’t able to attend the event due to a work commitment, but Transport Exchange Group, caught up with him the following day on his big win. He said, “It’s a real privilege to be recognised. I am grateful to the Exchange. It has provided me with a unique opportunity to acquire a dedicated customer base and has been instrumental in helping me grow my business.”

Chad Hazelwood

Chad Hazelwood, partnerships manager and member of Transport Exchange Group’s judging panel, added, “The high standards set by our members meant it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners, but what separated them from others was their strong commitment towards community engagement. These guys went the extra mile to help others by posting positive feedback whenever it was merited. That may not seem a big deal. But believe me it is. Feedback is the lifeblood of a community like ours. It’s the glue that binds it together, brings new members on to the platforms and helps everyone to grow.”

Once again, a special thank you to all our members who took the time to attend. It was a pleasure to meet new faces and catch up with familiar ones. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.

Company of the year:
Quickline Couriers

New member of the year:
JD Delivery Notts. Limited

Owner driver of the year:
Thomas Reid

Newsflash! Even though there were a few hints earlier in the year, we think Ford’s latest release of hybrid van models is absolutely electrifying news. So much so, that we make no apologies for the pun…

New models, new breed

It was a pretty telling step when Ford announced in early 2019 that every one of their models rolling off the production line from now on will include at least one electrified option – including hybrid versions. For anyone making a living from courier work and considering an upgrade, the news would probably be enough to tip the scales in Ford’s favour; the fact that two of its most popular models used for courier work are among the first of the ‘new breed’ might seal quite a few deals.

Focus and Fiesta given the hybrid treatment

As part of the manufacturer’s widespread electrification plans, the Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models were unveiled in Amsterdam in early April. The vehicles feature a ‘mild hybrid’ version of the standard EcoBoost – which is a three-cylinder, one-litre petrol engine. So how are they different? Glad you asked.

But what does all that mean?

Glad you asked… If you’re into the facts and figures it’s actually pretty impressive when you break down what these hybrid engines can achieve in terms of efficiency and emissions reductions.

Focus EcoBoost

Fuel efficiency 4.71/100km
CO2 emissions – from 106g/km

Fiesta EcoBoost

Fuel efficiency – 4.91/100km
CO2 emissions – from 112g/km

If you’re going to be using your vehicle for courier work, not only do these stats represent a potentially significant saving on fuel/running costs, they’ll deliver you smoothly into EU compliancy without a care in the world – and that kind of assurance is priceless.

Not only, but also…

If you’re in the market for a larger capacity vehicle than those two above, you might want to hold off until a little later in the year when Ford releases new hybrid models of the two-litre TDCi diesel Transit and Torneo. Here are some more stats to get your motor running.

Transit Two-Tonne EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 7.61/100km
CO2 emissions – from 144g/km

Transit Custom EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 6.71/100km
CO2 emissions – from 139g/km

Torneo Custom EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 7.01/100km
CO2 emissions – from 137g/km

Ford: delivering for the delivery drivers

Ford has always stressed their commitment to producing more environmentally sustainable vehicles for their customers. They’ve certainly proved they’re capable of delivering on that, by developing green engines for their most popular models. So, if you’re planning on upgrading your van anytime soon, are they worth a look? We definitely think so. Glad you asked…

Do you want to get more courier work or expand your reach throughout the UK and Europe? Do you want to subcontract loads or find a reliable driver to transport your goods? If you’re not already a member of the Courier Exchange, you’re missing out on the opportunity to do all that and more. Become part of this vital industry network and take your business to new heights.

There are a few issues that have had more airtime recently than the impending implementation of CAZs (Clean Air Zones) as part of the strategy to reduce emissions in our UK cities. While there’s absolutely no doubt a more environmentally friendly approach to managing congested cities is urgently required, there are many who believe that charging to enter these zones will put huge pressure on the infrastructure.

If you’re a delivery driver no doubt you’ve been following the topic with interest, and you may already be aware that a growing number of local councils are rejecting the CAZ and coming up with their own alternatives to solving the problem. Following hot on the heels of Southampton, Nottingham, and Derby, Cardiff Council is the latest to do so.

Tackling emissions without a CAZ

Back in January 2018, in a well-publicised case the organisation ClientEarth challenged the Welsh Government to reduce the levels of NO2 on Castle Street, in Cardiff, which were predicted to be higher than EU permitted levels by 2021. In a nutshell, the Government and ClientEarth came to an agreement and Cardiff Council was instructed to begin work on finding ways to begin reducing emissions levels immediately.

Finding a way…

Accordingly, Cardiff Council came up with a range of measures that they believed would tackle the issue in the fastest, most effective way. They include:

…Without a CAZ

The Council says these measures will not only rectify the problem on Castle Street, but also across the entire city – negating the need for a CAZ. They’ve called for the Welsh Government to provide funding ASAP and have rejected the proposal for a CAZ in the city.

But not everyone’s happy

Even though the Council’s decision to reject the clean air zone will come as music to the ears of many a Welsh delivery driver, not everyone is happy – to put it mildly. Chair of charity organisation Healthy Air Cymru has come out very vocally to decry the rejection of a CAZ, saying that implementing these zones is recognised as “one of the most effective means of reducing transport emissions.” He went on to say that the people of the city are being poisoned and that the zone was vital to protect them from even more dangerous levels of pollution in the future.

CAZs: yay or nay?

If you’re an independent delivery driver or fleet manager in the courier industry, the side of the fence on which you stand on the CAZ issue is probably pretty clear. But there are also quite a few people who agree with the stance taken by Healthy Air Cymru. Feel free to let us know your thoughts, because our differences are what make the industry go around…

Membership to the Courier Exchange gives you fingertip access to real-time load matching if you’re a delivery driver and an entire virtual workforce of drivers if you’re a fleet manager or freight forwarder. If you’re not already enjoying the benefits, get in touch and we’ll help you to become a part of the UK’s fastest growing and most trusted online exchange.