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