Time to review urban delivery policies, ALC says

Review current regulations and examine freight-friendly options to improve efficiency, Kilgariff recommends

Time to review urban delivery policies, ALC says
ALC says current urban policies impede freight movement in CBD areas.


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 Australian "cities are not freight-friendly", ALC states.

The peak logistics body 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".

The comments were part of ALC MD Michael Kilgariff’s presentation at the ongoing Online Retail Logistics 2017 conference in Sydney.

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 recommends that policy-makers consider the needs of freight transport and review existing guidelines to plan for the future.

"The movement of freight is essential to the everyday functionality of Australia’s cities," ALC states.

"Unless we make the right policy changes now to facilitate greater efficiency in freight delivery, our cities – and the people who live and work in them – risk being boxed in."

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 first 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.

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