SA’s 24/7 clear­way plan makes room for truck­ies

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TURINING Ade­laide’s pri­mary freight routes into 24/7 clear­ways in an at­tempt to tackle road con­ges­tion and de­liver im­proved eco­nomic ben­e­fits for South Aus­tralia is a key plank of a ma­jor blue­print doc­u­ment un­veiled by the state’s peak trans­port in­dus­try lobby group.

The South Aus­tralian Freight Coun­cil launched Reg­u­lat­ing Freight 2017, its fu­ture plan for trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try reg­u­la­tion.

It has called on gov­ern­ments to over­haul the cur­rent reg­u­la­tion in or­der to de­liver im­proved eco­nomic growth.

“South Aus­tralia is fac­ing many new chal­lenges as it con­fronts a chang­ing eco­nomic struc­ture and cli­mate,” SAFC ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Evan Knapp said.

“An ef­fi­cient reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment for the trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor will ben­e­fit all busi­ness through re­duced cost struc­tures; and ev­ery house­hold through re­duced costs for con­sumer goods.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the freight trans­port in­dus­try is look­ing for im­proved ac­cess for high pro­duc­tiv­ity ve­hi­cles across South Aus­tralia.

“While it might sound counter-in­tu­itive, big­ger trucks save lives by re­duc­ing to­tal truck num­bers; and also de­liver pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal gains for the ben­e­fit of the broader econ­omy.”

Mr Knapp said a ma­jor pri­or­ity was the re­moval of road­side park­ing on key freight cor­ri­dors and ma­jor traf­fic routes to al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion con­cerns.

“Parked cars ef­fec­tively re­move a full lane for ex­ten­sive lengths on some key cor­ri­dors – and in­ter­na­tional trans­port re­search backs this ap­proach,” he said.

“SAFC is propos­ing a four year tran­si­tion time to full 24/7 clear­way op­er­a­tion, how­ever morn­ing and evening peak clear­ways should be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

“Get­ting trans­port and lo­gis­tics reg­u­la­tion right is an op­por­tu­nity to big to ig­nore.”

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