Heavy ve­hi­cle re­stric­tion blast

Aus­tralian CBDs are not freight-friendly

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THE Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil has hit out against in­creas­ing re­stric­tions on ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess in CBD ar­eas across Aus­tralia.

It sug­gests th­ese re­stric­tions make it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for the freight lo­gis­tics in­dus­try to serve con­sumers and busi­nesses.

“To put it bluntly, Aus­tralia’s cities are not freight-friendly,” ALC manag­ing direc­tor Michael Kil­gar­iff said.

“This is an in­evitable con­se­quence of plan­ning sys­tems that do not prop­erly ac­count for freight move­ment .

“Aus­tralia is al­ready one of the most highly ur­banised coun­tries in the world and a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the res­i­den­tial and em­ploy­ment growth pro­jected to oc­cur in the years ahead will be heav­ily con­cen­trated in CBD ar­eas.

“Ac­cord­ingly, if we wish to grow our cities and en­sure their con­tin­u­ing func­tion­al­ity and amenity, we must adopt poli­cies which can sup­port an in­creas­ing freight task.”

Mr Kil­gar­iff noted that frus­trat­ingly that wasn’t the case.

“In­creas­ingly many of our ur­ban plan­ning sys­tems and pol­icy-mak­ers pur­sue poli­cies that im­pede ur­ban freight de­liv­ery, es­pe­cially in CBD ar­eas, by lim­it­ing ac­cess for heavy ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“A cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict is, first and fore­most, a place of busi­ness. If we want busi­nesses to grow and cre­ate jobs, then en­sur­ing they can get their goods de­liv­ered in a timely fash­ion is a fairly ba­sic re­quire­ment.

“At the mo­ment, a lack of ad­e­quate street load­ing zones, as well as new res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings with poor (or non-ex­is­tent) freight de­liv­ery fa­cil­i­ties, are al­ready mak­ing CBD de­liv­ery a more cum­ber­some and costly ex­er­cise.

“Ban­ning ve­hi­cles from city cen­tres al­to­gether – as some ad­vo­cate – is nei­ther re­al­is­tic nor de­sir­able. Sug­ges­tions that bi­cy­cle de­liv­er­ies alone could ac­com­mo­date the freight needs of CBD busi­nesses and res­i­dents in high-rise CBD apart­ment com­plexes are pure fan­tasy.

“You can­not de­liver a large-screen TV or a fam­ily’s weekly gro­ceries us­ing a bi­cy­cle. Our plan­ning sys­tems must fa­cil­i­tate ef­fi­cient freight move­ment, while also pro­tect­ing amenity.”

Mr Kil­gar­iff out­lined some of the ALC’s sug­ges­tions to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lems.

“Freight Doesn’t Vote – ALC’s sub­mis­sion to the Dis­cus­sion Pa­per on Na­tional Freight and Sup­ply Chain Pri­or­i­ties – in­cludes sev­eral sug­ges­tions from in­dus­try for deal­ing with the chal­lenges of CBD freight de­liv­ery, in­clud­ing re­verse cur­fews, tri­alling ur­ban con­sol­i­da­tion sta­tions and es­tab­lish­ing freight-only in­fras­truc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate more ef­fi­cient de­liv­er­ies,” he said.

❝ We must adopt poli­cies which can sup­port an in­creas­ing freight task.

— Michael Kil­gar­iff

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

TOUGH GIG: Ac­cess to CBDs is in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for heavy ve­hi­cles.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

WARTA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cam Dumesny (left) with RFNSW gen­eral man­ager Si­mon O’Hara.

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