ALC call to re­view urban de­liv­ery poli­cies

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Kil­gar­iff rec­om­mends re­view of cur­rent reg­u­la­tions that im­pede move­ment

“Un­less re­me­dial ac­tion is taken, the prob­lem is set to worsen”


COUN­CIL (ALC) has re­it­er­ated its view that gov­ern­ments must ini­ti­ate rel­e­vant pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion to sup­port grow­ing freight task in CBD ar­eas.

The trans­port in­dus­try is fac­ing in­creas­ing chal­lenges while de­liv­er­ing freight to all ma­jor urban cen­tres, par­tic­u­larly CBD ar­eas, be­cause na­tional “cities are not freight-friendly”, ALC MD Michael Kil­gar­iff says.

ALC at­tributes this prob­lem to lack of proper plan­ning that ac­counts for freight move­ment and “un­less re­me­dial ac­tion is taken, the prob­lem is set to worsen”.

Cur­rently in Aus­tralia, urban plan­ning sys­tems are not in line with urban freight de­liv­ery poli­cies, par­tic­u­larly in CBD ar­eas, with many poli­cies im­ped­ing freight trans­port by lim­it­ing ac­cess to heavy ve­hi­cles, ALC states.

“A lack of ad­e­quate street load­ing zones, as well as new res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings with poor (or non- ex­is­tent) freight de­liv­ery fa­cil­i­ties are like­wise mak­ing CBD de­liv­ery a more cum­ber­some and costly ex­er­cise,” ALC states. “Per­versely, the grow­ing dif­fi­culty of freight de­liv­ery in Aus­tralian cities is oc­cur­ring dur­ing a pe­riod where growth in e- com­merce is fu­elling ex­pec­ta­tions of faster de­liv­ery time­frames and lower ship­ping costs.” ALC out­lined some sug­ges­tions on CBD freight de­liv­ery in its sub­mis­sion to the Na­tional Freight and Sup­ply Chain Pri­or­i­ties in­quiry, in­clud­ing:

• The Com­mon­wealth Govern­ment ex­am­ine op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the tri­alling of urban con­sol­i­da­tion cen­tres in Aus­tralia

• In­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture al­low­ing ac­cess from dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres to CBDs, such as ‘ Truck­ways’, truck only lanes, or some other form of freight- only in­fra­struc­ture should be con­sid­ered to im­prove freight de­liv­ery and de­crease con­ges­tion and emis­sions in high de­mand en­vi­ron­ments

• The In­quiry should rec­om­mend a for­mal re­view de­signed to iden­tify reg­u­la­tions and prac­tices (such as cur­fews) that pre­clude the es­sen­tial de­liv­ery of freight in inner-urban en­vi­ron­ments

• The In­quiry en­dorse IA’s rec­om­men­da­tion that gov­ern­ments should es­tab­lish tar­geted in­vest­ment pro­grams fo­cused on re­mov­ing fi rst and last mile con­straints across the na­tional freight net­work – and ex­pand upon it by rec­om­mend­ing gov­ern­ments also fo­cus on par­tic­u­lar sec­tions of a freight cor­ri­dor where speed or ca­pac­ity re­stric­tions in­hibit the ef­fi­cient move­ment of freight.

Michael Kil­gari

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