Goods transport impacts on urban mobility and traffic both in cities and smaller towns as it plays a vital role in guaranteeing the smooth running of all kinds of businesses, ranging from stores to cafés or hotels, for example. As a result, coming up with measures, incentives and policies that encourage the shift towards more sustainable distribution will have direct consequences on the environment.
Calls for improvement in this area, as well as more effective collaboration between the public and private sectors were the major requests from the sector during the 6th edition of the AECOC Urban Distribution Congress (the Spanish Commercial Coding Association).
This meeting was also a chance to present initiatives set up by cities throughout Europe aimed at improving goods distribution in urban centres. Some of the most outstanding ideas in this area came from Rome, London, Barcelona and Madrid.
The Italian capital, for instance, has banned diesel powered goods vehicles from entering the city’s historic quarter; in turn, a combination of electric vehicles and a warehouse network less than 2 km from the restriction zone guarantee deliveries to more than 1,000 businesses.
In London, an integral model has been set up, coordinated by Transport for London, which actively designs cooperation strategies to guarantee benefits for all affected actors. In the case of the Spanish cities, Barcelona and Madrid have developed loading and unloading areas and logistic micro-centres as well as traffic regulation initiatives, respectively.
Initiatives such as these and close coordination between the public and private sectors lay the strong foundations called for by the sector in order to secure more efficient, effective and sustainable distribution.
Cities are introducing growing numbers of restrictions for urban goods distribution vehicles, and it is therefore essential for fleet managers to keep up-to-date with the latest technological developments and public policies. Follow LIVE on the social media and sign up for the newsletter to find out all the latest news.