WRF seeks data to clarify Perth transport and logistics

University of WA to lead analysis as base for freight map of city

WRF seeks data to clarify Perth transport and logistics
Perth T&L data needs unlocking, the WRF says


With Perth as impacted as anywhere by the same lack of understanding and agreement on how best to handle urban freight as the city grows, Western Australian organisations are seeking to help define the transport task.

Western Roads Federation (WRF) has gained University of WA (UWA) agreement for a project to help tackle the issue and define what is actually transported in, around and out of the city to support its community and businesses.

The move follows concerns raised by WRF’s Metro Logistics Group (MLG) regarding planning, parking, access and other issues and comes at a time when governments and industry nationally acknowledge the need to accurate data to inform relevant policy formulation.

Now WRF calls on organisations involved in moving goods and materials in and out of Perth to work with it on a new study to map the road transport logistics tasks in the city.

That something so basic defies thorough definition means the logistics planning for cities such as Perth are largely either ignored or put in the too hard basket, WRF believes.

"But the fact is we do know and it’s our industry that has the knowledge and information in our transport and fleet management systems," MLG chair Nick Dadamo says.

The MLG’s  diverse membership – from  light commercials to trucks and mobile plant – supply, build, move and extract the materials and items required to support the city, giving it access a wide range of data sources.

The UWA’s Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) aims to map and illustrate a day in the life of road transport logistics supporting the city and the challenges it faces.

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WRF is calling on its members and food and retail delivery companies, couriers, waste companies, removalists, construction and maintenance companies, energy providers and other companies who use commercial vehicles, trucks or mobile plant to support the city, to supply a sample of their fleet’s tracking data to the PATREC study.

"PATREC has adapted some powerful vehicle route tracking software initially developed by Commonwealth agency BITRE [Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics ] to help us illustrate some of the issues that truck operators face as they go about their day to day business in the city," project leader Tim Hoffman says.

"We have successfully trialled the software and are now inviting transport companies to submit sample GPS fleet management trip data so that we can explore how to use it to map and illustrate the logistics tasks within the city."

The initial focus will be on vehicles which have to negotiate CBD streets, loading zones, parking spaces etc., for their daily business – for example couriers, waste collection, retail deliveries. We would greatly appreciate the chance to map and illustrate how your vehicles and drivers need to operate to meet customer requirements in often congested circumstances.

All commercial identifiers will be removed from any data provided and will be handled with strict confidentiality, WRF says. Data will not be published, nor will the ownership or driver of any vehicle studied be identified.

"Western Roads Federation believes our industry should not be seen as the problem, it should be seen as a solution leader," it says.

Companies wishing to participate or seeking more information are requested to email WRF CEO Cam Dumesny at cam.dumesny@westernroads.com.au



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