The objective of the Freight Program is to assist road and transport agencies in their efforts to address the future freight task.
The role of the Freight Task Force is to improve road freight operations and integration with other transport modes. The work of the Freight Task Force is undertaken in the context of an increasing freight demand as the Australian and world economies grow, changed Federal/State funding arrangements for road and rail infrastructure development and maintenance, a recognised need for better integration of the road and other transport modes, and changing international standards for freight movement (e.g. container sizes) and heavy vehicle manufacture.
In developing projects and research, the Freight Program focuses on key areas such as:
Data and forecasting
Contributing to a national approach to regulation and compliance
Management of driving hours
Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC) have joined forces to assess the feasibility of using electronic systems to manage driving hour requirements in Australia. Further information is available here.
Freight projects 2012-13:
Rest Areas Investment and Needs Prioritisation Model
Performance Based Standards Length Limit Review
Nationally Consistent Rest Area Data Definition
Heavy Vehicle Safety Data
Harmonisation of Pilot and Escort Vehicle Driver Requirements
Light Freight – Understanding their role in Urban Logistics
Review of PBS standards for Level 3 and Level 4 Vehicles
Quantification of benefits resulting from use of High Productivity Vehicles
Best practice guidelines for planning and development of industrial estates in Local Government areas