Bologna’s freight delivery plan is its key instrument to optimise freight delivery in the city centre limited traffic zone. Implementation is now in its third and final phase. For the success of the plan, support actions are essential. The municipality is carrying these out within CIVITAS MIMOSA. The activities aim to promote the integration of road pricing policies with technological tools to optimise vehicle trips for freight delivery.
The main objectives of the measure are to:
- Reduce congestion and the environmental impact of goods delivery in the urban area;
- Rationalise and optimise goods delivery in the city with the aim to decrease the distance covered while maintaining the same level of service; and
- Demonstrate the impact a regulatory intervention of freight distribution can have on congestion and pollution in Bologna.
The support actions of the freight delivery plan consist of three main elements. The first is an analysis of how freight distribution is evolving in the city in order to fine-tune the deployment of system. The second task is to promote the integration of small operator systems to create a shared electronic platform. This platform will be based on the one the municipality already deployed for the optimisation of freight delivery. The third part of the measure is to introduce new access policies to the city centre. These will favour less polluting vehicles.
Outside of MIMOSA, Bologna has already implemented various steps under the freight delivery plan to satisfy freight demand while minimising pollution. With this in mind, the city has for instance rationalised the management of city access permissions, converted the freight vehicle fleet to low-emission vehicles and set up certain areas for loading and unloading goods. These areas are reserved for operators who have joined a consortium of small-scale freight operators.