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‘DfT is missing chance to reduce congestion’, says Advanced Supply Chain boss

  • 03 March 2014
  • By Christopher Walton

Bradford-based Advanced Supply Chain said the Department for Transport (DfT) is missing an opportunity to reduce congestion, improve road safety and increase air quality by not conducting co-ordinated out-of-hours delivery trials in the UK.

The operator submitted a Freedom of Information request to the DfT, which resulted in it discovering that there are no further plans for trials outside of London.

Transport for London (TfL) is pressing ahead with further out-of-hours delivery trials, following several successful trials during the 2012 Olympics.

However, the DfT told CM that while there are no plans for it to lead a nationwide, co-ordinated trial, the power to conduct out-of-hours deliveries lies in the hands of operators and councils.

A spokesman said: “The DfT held a trial of this in 2010 and TfL did more work for the Olympics. The feasibility of the concept and its benefits has been demonstrated, so we are now making information available to potential participants: freight operators, retailers and local authorities so that they can adopt more schemes locally.”

Advanced Supply Chain chief executive Mike Danby said that the industry would benefit from a nationwide trial as lower ambient noise levels outside the capital mean provincial schemes are better suited to developing relevant best practice that could be rolled out across the country.

“The industry has moved on significantly since the 2010 trials,” Danby said. “Operators are using more powerful technology to improve pick rates and drive efficiency on the roads, but we can’t rely on computers to deliver all the improvements the sector needs to make.

He added: “Providing the industry can find a workable standard that can be rolled out nationwide, out-of-hours deliveries could make a significant difference to thousands of businesses and the economy. The will is there from businesses, but we need government support to drive the next set of trials.”

In Commercial Motor magazine, on sale now, we take a detailed look at the London Lorry control Scheme’s 18-tonne GVW threshold, and ask: “Is it still valid?” Our noise level findings will surprise you.


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