PIE Mapping are mapping and data specialists and have created a Freight Journey Planner (FJP). The FJP is an online routing system which generates UK routes specifically suited to trucks. For each route generated, users add the vehicles dimensions, so the route takes into account their height, weight and width. It also considers low bridges, road closures, difficult streets, petrol stations and truck stops.
The freight journey planner can be seen at http://www.freightjourneyplanner.co.uk
County Councils also work with PIE to add their preferred routes and road restriction information within their counties area. For example, Kent County Council have a journey planner on their site where hauliers and transport managers can generate a route in Kent, based on where Kent want lorries to drive, so trucks can be routed to avoid built up areas, schools, tight turns etc.
PIE are hoping the system will evolve quite dramatically in its product life cycle, as more Local Authorities add information, the product will become far more valuable to the HGV community as nothing of its kind currently exists.
Product evolution includes an app.
• Transport managers
• Local Authorities/ Councils
• Transport managers- I need to route my trucks safely and quickly around the UK with as least hassle as possible. I need to manage my fleet of vehicles and drivers.
• Hauliers- I want to be confident in the journey I am taking is a truck-friendly route and will avoid road closures and is the best road for my size and type of vehicle.
• Local Authorities/Councils- How can we deal more effectively with residents complaining about lorries?