Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

January 31, 2006 12:56 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Banning Rush Hour Truck Deliveries in Downtown Core

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2006) -

Truckers say local businesses set delivery schedules not them

Today, City of Toronto Councillor, Michael Walker, is expected to propose that city council adopt a ban on truck on deliveries in the downtown core between the hours of 7:00 am-10:00 am and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm.

According to the president of the Ontario Trucking Association, David Bradley, trucks serving customers with deliveries and pick-ups in the downtown core would gladly avoid operating during rush hour when the costs of congestion are high, but says there has to be someone there at the shipper or consignee premises to hand-off or receive the goods. And, therein is the problem. "If there was a way that trucks could avoid having to make pick-ups and deliveries during the periods of highest traffic congestion, we would do so. The costs of congestion are enormous for the trucking industry," says Bradley.

"Delivery schedules are not established by the trucking industry. Our customers - in this case the businesses located in the downtown core - dictate when and where our trucks pick-up and deliver goods. The problem is, and has always been, that few businesses in the core are 24/7 enterprises. They need to be convinced to take on the additional cost of having staff available to receive or load goods during off-peak times."

Regardless, Bradley adds that "the major contributors to congestion are not the trucks - it is cars, many of which are occupied by a sole person. It would seem to us that with all the new investment in transit - which is supposedly designed to get people out of their cars - a reasonable alternative exists for most of these motorists. No such alternative exists, however, for the businesses that rely on trucks to deliver goods. There are, for example, no rail lines running into the Eaton Centre."

He says that over the past 20 years, the City of Toronto has conducted various goods movement studies and analyses which came up with some good recommendations -- very few of which have been put into practice.

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