Delay as Vital Freight Data

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Project 2023

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Project Description

This challenge asked what the gap is in freight data, and one of the often overlooked answer is data on delay. When it happens, where it happens and how long it happens-- these are simply metrics that can be used to improve efficiency in the supply chain, improve the chain of responsibility, improve driver wellbeing, and make Australian roads safer.

Data Story

There is strong research-based evidence that driver detention, in addition to being a wage issue, is also a road safety risk factor. In a report by the Inspector-General of the United States Department of Transportation, it was revealed that a mere 15 minutes of delay increases the expected crash rate to increase by up to 6.2%. Research at the University of New South Wales has revealed a connection between driver detention and fatigue. It was found that drivers required to wait in queues experienced fatigue more often than those who did not. Meanwhile, the US-based National Safety Council has said that people are 3 times more likely to be in crash when driving fatigued than those who are not. "Driver fatigue kills more than drink," Amanda Hoh reported at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Data on freight delay should be made an integral part of the freight data set and metrics.

Evidence of Work


Team DataSets

UNSW Study on Fatigue

Description of Use Australian study on the need to address delays

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US DoT Inspector General Audit Report

Description of Use This supports the need to collect data on delay

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NFDH Congestion Data Set

Description of Use Data set is used for optimisation of trip planning to avoid trucks getting stuck due to road congestion. This is one aspect of delay.

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Challenge Entries

Measuring freight performance across modes through universal metrics

Australia’s domestic freight demand has increased significantly over the last four decades, and continues to grow. With this growth, knowing what, where and how freight is moving is essential. Help the freight sector across government and industry to come up with ways to design metrics that are interoperable across all modes to measure performance.

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