Western Roads Federation (WRF) – a members’ group for Western Australian road transport operators – has called on organisations that move goods and materials in and out of Perth to participate in a new study which will map the road transport logistics movements in the city.
WRF’s Metro Logistics Group has raised concerns regarding planning, parking, access and other issues and is looking to gather accurate data on what is transported in, around and out of Perth.
It has commissioned a project with the University of Western Australia’s Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) to map and illustrate these movements.
“We are now calling on our 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,” WRF says.
Project Leader Tim Hoffman said “PATREC has adapted some powerful vehicle route tracking software initially developed by Commonwealth agency BITRE to help us illustrate some of the issues that truck operators face as they go about their day to day business in the city.
“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.”
WRF has assured participants that all commercial identifiers will be removed from any data provided and will be handled with strict confidentiality.
It promises that the data will not be published and the ownership or driver of any vehicle involved in the study will not be identified.
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