Call for bigger trucks to meet urban demand

Industry leaders at the Moving Urban Freight symposium will call for greater take-up of PBS to meet urban demand

Industry leaders will push for greater take-up of high productivity vehicles when government officials, academics and trucking officials converge on Sydney for the Moving Urban Freight symposium.

The symposium, which will run from October 20 to 21, will look at developing strategies to deal with how cities will cope in the face of an expected doubling of the urban freight task by 2020.

Performance Based Standards (PBS) will be cited as one example by a number of industry officials drawn from national and international circles.

Associate professor Kim Hassall from Raptour Systems and the University of Melbourne says a comprehensive approach to urban congestion must include PBS.

"A triple approach to the urban problem using rigid and articulated PBS, restructured networks and taking on some smart planning tools can achieve spectacular results, and this is absolutely needed as we move into a carbon trading environment," Hassall says.

Truck Industry Council Chief Executive Tony McMullan says the symposium, sponsored by the council, is designed to enunciate a number of practical measures to boost productivity and efficiency.

"It would be too easy to sit back and be complacent about this but we have to ensure that viable solutions are found so goods are delivered efficiently, cleanly and safely to secure our ongoing prosperity," McMullan says.

"More efficient trucks, with lower emission engines and more high tech safety systems is one major topic that will be discussed at the symposium."

Keynote speakers include the former chairman of the Port of Long Beach, Head of London Low Emission Zone Nick Fairholme and Secretary of Federal Treasury Dr Ken Henry.

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