ALC call to review urban delivery policies
Kilgariff recommends review of current regulations that impede movement
“Unless remedial action is taken, the problem is set to worsen”
THE AUSTRALIAN LOGISTICS
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.