Truckstop Canada News: TO councillor renews call to ban rush hour deliveries
Date: Wednesday, May 23 @ 10:39:29 CEST
TORONTO, Ont. -- Toronto City Councillor Michael Walker has once again
renewed calls to ban downtown deliveries between 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.
He’s the same councillor who floated the same idea about a year ago.
The idea was shelved after the city’s Works Committee heard from
delivery groups including the Ontario Trucking Association.
"As the old adage goes, for every complex issue there is a simple,
easy, and ultimately completely wrong answer, and this is the wrong
answer for the city's traffic woes," Doug Switzer, OTA manager of
government relations, to the council a year ago. "The reality is that
these restrictions will mean higher costs for deliveries because
trucking companies will have to purchase additional equipment and hire
more drivers in order to deliver the same amount of goods in a much
smaller window of time. And local businesses will be forced to pay for
additional staff to be there in off peak periods to receive goods."
But that hasn’t prevented Walker from dusting off the suggested policy.
"Those vehicles contribute a lot to gridlock and do a lot of idling,
and both of those contribute significantly to smog and to global
warming," Walker told local media yesterday. "It's not a solution on
its own but it's a piece of the puzzle. These trucks are queuing up to
get into the garages, but they could do it at night."
He’s calling for the city to launch a six-month study to see if rush
hour gridlock will be alleviated by the rush hour delivery ban. He
suggests businesses will actually save money because trucks can move
more efficiently at night. He did admit companies would have additional
staffing costs if required to have workers on-hand to accept nighttime
“But if we’re not prepared to make that type of investment in improving the environment, we’ve got a problem,” he said.
The city’s executive committee is planning to debate the issue on Monday.
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