One platform now contains all municipalities’ changes in Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

At the request of the Dutch Transport Operators Association (TLN), entrepreneurs’ association evofenedex and the Dutch Food Retail Association (CBL), many municipalities have extended allowed delivery times or granted temporary exemptions, so that transport can be planned and deployed more efficiently. All changes have been collected on the website www.datavoorlogistiek.nl This data is made available to the logistics sector, free of charge. As a result, planners at logistics service providers and shippers have direct access to a single overview of all changes.

According to the Dutch Transport Operators Association (TLN), making the changes digitally available was an explicit request from the sector. Wout van den Heuvel, involved in the project through TLN, explains: ‘The changes differ per municipality and are generally only communicated locally via websites. Bundling this information into a single overview is a labour-intensive process. By making all adjustments centrally available on one platform we help the sector to work more efficiently.’

Planning more efficiently

The platform has traditionally given road authorities the possibility to report changes to the entire sector in a single sweep, a feature that proves its added value now more than never. In addition to TLN and evofenedex, the CBL also urged a widening in allowed delivery times due to large crowds at the supermarkets and the logistical challenges this brought about. By widening allowed delivery times, transport can now be planned and deployed more efficiently. It also allows retailers in inner cities to adjust their opening hours because of the corona crisis.

Access via digital map

This initiative is part of an approach in which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management makes the logistics data of all municipalities digitally available for the sector, in one place. This concerns information about allowed delivery times, environmental zones, loading and unloading sites, preferred routes, parking places and parking bans and vehicle restrictions. Matrixian, a data science company, collects the data from municipalities on the instruction of the ministry and provides access via a digital map. The data is already available via a digital map, free of charge, and can also be used by suppliers of planning and navigation systems to plan trips more efficiently. This prevents taking a wrong turn and traffic searching unnecessarily.

This way, the parties work together to making and keeping logistics data available, both for the sector and for the daily functioning of cities, its residents and companies.