Government Backed Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme Invites Local Authorities and Retailers to Participate in Curfew Relaxation Trials
The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme (QDDS), developed by the consortium comprising the Department for Transport (DfT), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), is inviting local authorities and retailers to participate in its quiet deliveries trials.
HGV deliveries in urban areas are often constrained during night-time and/or weekend periods; however, this increases traffic and carbon emissions at peak hours.
The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme will support at least six quiet delivery demonstration trials at retail premises across England during 2010, to illustrate the potential benefits from curfew relaxations for quiet deliveries, whilst still protecting local residents from excess noise.
Transport Minister Paul Clark said:
“Quiet out of hours deliveries can reduce congestion, cut pollution in local areas, and save businesses time and money.
“I am pleased to be working closely with the Noise Abatement Society and the Freight Transport Association to develop best practice and extend these benefits across local neighbourhoods.
This scheme aims to demonstrate that, with the adoption of best practice in quiet delivery technology and techniques, a balance can be found between protecting residents and relaxing curfews for a range of locations and store types.”
Each of the quiet delivery demonstration trials will involve a close working partnership between a retailer and relevant local authority. The Scheme will provide project management and facilitation support for each of the trials, along with specialist noise mitigation assessments at each site and noise monitoring during the trial’s duration.
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society continued ‘The Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme will establish the viability of quiet out of hours or night-time deliveries and the conditions under which they are feasible. Protecting the rights of local residents is of paramount importance.
Given the significant health and environmental gains to be made, it is critical to establish feasible and sustainable quiet out-of-hours delivery practices. Doing so will also lessen day-time disturbance and enable quieter deliveries to become accepted as the norm.
Introducing quiet delivery practices now, under strict guidelines and independent monitoring, ensures that the public will be protected throughout.’’
Natalie Chapman, Freight Transport Association Regional Policy Manager commented, ‘’Retailers simply do not want to disturb local residents and by developing this Scheme we have come up with much more than just a compromise – we are working to show that journey times, fuel economy and air quality, as well as stock turnaround, can be improved without affecting local residents’ right to a good night’s sleep.
By developing robust guidelines and processes, this Scheme will aim to make out-of-hours deliveries a feasible sustainability measure to be seriously considered by local authorities across the country and help the wider adoption of curfew relaxation for quiet deliveries”.
The Scheme will be looking at a range of potential measures including driver and store staff training, quiet vehicle and handling equipment technologies and noise mitigation measures at the point of delivery. The particular measures to be adopted for each site will be decided at the local level. These could include anything from common-sense measures like considerate driver and site personnel behaviour, to installing noise mitigation equipment.
Local authorities and retailers interested in applying to participate in the Scheme should contact the Scheme Manager, Chris Douglas, at consultants Transport & Travel Research Ltd via email@example.com as soon as possible.
Notes to Editors
Background to Curfew Relaxation for Quiet Deliveries
HGV movements in urban areas are often constrained during night-time and/or weekend periods by local regulations put in place to avoid noise impacts.
Restrictions are imposed by local authorities in order to protect residents from noise and other nuisance during the late evening and early morning.
However, they have the effect of increasing the number of deliveries that have to be scheduled during peak traffic conditions, thereby increasing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and reducing air quality in the areas concerned. The restrictions also increase the road safety risks for vulnerable groups such as schoolchildren and cyclists by concentrating freight traffic into the hours when such users are competing for road space.
Delivery restrictions can also create particular difficulties for retailers who need early morning deliveries, for example to ensure that fresh produce is available on the shelves in time for store opening hours.
If such night-time or out-of-hours delivery restrictions could be relaxed or removed where appropriate, there are significant potential benefits for society, primarily from reduced congestion.
To realise these benefits, retailers need to work in close co-operation with local authorities to agree the conditions under which the authorities would be prepared to relax or remove delivery restrictions.
Local authorities would need to ensure no adverse noise impacts prior to relaxing or changing regulations, to establish a clear trigger for the reversal of any relaxation, and to provide for independent verification that the agreed conditions were being respected.
It is envisaged that curfew relaxation would apply only to retailers respecting agreed working practices developed in partnership with the local authority and only within a prescribed area and/or delivery site governed by the local authority.
If successfully embedded, the main long-term benefits of curfew relaxations for the retail sector and wider society in England would be:
· reduced congestion and better journey time reliability
· noise reduction through vehicle technology and improved working practices
· lower CO2 emissions (lower fuel consumption through reduced congestion)
· improved air quality through reduced emissions (through reduced congestion)
· improved local road safety (through the removal of HGVs at peak periods of use by vulnerable groups)
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About Freight Transport Association
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) represents the transport needs of UK industry. Its membership is comprised of manufacturers, retailers, logistic companies, hauliers and organisations in the public and private sectors. The Association’s interests are multi-modal and in addition to consigning 90 per cent of freight carried on rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight its members operate in excess of 200,000 goods vehicles, approximately half the UK fleet of commercial vehicles.
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About Noise Abatement Society
The objective of the Noise Abatement Society, UK registered charity number 272040, is to raise awareness of, and find solutions to, noise and related pollutants for example light disturbance and air pollution. Our work helps to relieve the physical and mental distress and ill health which noise and related pollutants cause and which profoundly affect public health, productivity, the quality of life and marine and wildlife. The Society was established in 1959 by John Connell OBE who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960, establishing noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.
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About the Quiet Deliveries Demonstration Scheme
Further inquiries about the QDDS should be made to Chris Douglas, QDDS Manager, Tel: 07552 168190, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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