URBAN TRUCK FACILITIES AS A MEANS TO RELIEVE CONGESTION



URBAN TRUCK FACILITIES AS A MEANS TO RELIEVE CONGESTION

Authors

Bernhard O.Herzog, Futureproofingtransport.org

Description

The provision of suitable spaces for the operation of urban truck facilities is a proven way to render truck transportation on the last mile more efficient and sustainable.

Abstract

URBAN TRUCK FACILITIES AS A MEANS TO RELIEVE CONGESTION
Bernhard O. Herzog
Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit


In recent years, and this is new, many public institutions, hitherto dealing with traffic matters only, have proceeded to occupy themselves with logistics issues also. The European Union is entertaining a logistics unit under the GD transport and Energy, the German Federal Government features a logistics coordinator. So, it has been accepted that logistics planning is something of a macro-economic concern, even if all the players in the marketplace are privately owned corporations.

On a city level, the planning authorities have taken an interest in the actual flow of goods in the city, over and above the flow of vehicles on certain sections of the road system.

In many places, it has become too obvious that the private sector operators, left to act under market conditions, are not able to develop towards an efficient and optimized system, which will save fuel, traffic space and emissions. Not unless guided there, by public intervention.

Awareness is increasing that public administrations are able to intervene successfully in the logistics setup of cities and districts, in order to improve logistical and ecological efficiency.

The overarching objective is always:

“Moving the same amount of goods to the same destinations while minimizing the deployment of vehicles, thus economizing on fuel, emissions and traffic space usage”


The answer: segregate long haul from city delivery operation

Research has shown one thing very clearly: In order to optimize the efficiency of urban goods distribution, it is absolutely necessary to segregate long haul transportation from the inner city distribution. This way, a modern city distribution system can be created, based on one or several urban distribution centres, which fulfil a classic hub function, for local distribution as well as for long haul transportation.

It is realistic to say, that the mileage required to deliver a specific shipment in the city can be reduced by up to 65%, and the vehicle time spent in the public road space can be reduced by up to 75% in a dedicated city delivery scheme, over conventional delivery.

These figures speak for themselves, especially if one recognizes that they translate proportionately into fuel and emission savings, which are equally important.

What is required to make all this happen? First and foremost, it is the planning and implementation of urban logistics parks of the right size and in the right places. Secondly, intelligent truck access restrictions are needed also

Together, these measures form a system, which will reap tremendous benefits for the city.

Publisher

Association for European Transport