Framework for Citywide Road Freight Transport Management
- Date : 2016
- Author(s) : Comité technique 2.3 Transport de marchandises Technical Committee 2.3 Freight Transport
- Domain(s) : Urban Mobility / Freight Transport
- PIARC Ref. : 2016R28EN
- ISBN : 978-2-84060-428-0
- Number of pages : 62
The report entitled "Framework for citywide road freight transport management" of WG1, TC2.3 "Freight Transport" describes the research and findings about the frameworks for public sector road freight transport management (RFTM). RFTM is a key contributor to the sustainable development of urban areas, since good freight transport management supports the creation of efficient and environmentally friendly freight transport systems. The framework of RFTM is characterised by legal, institutional and strategic aspects. A unique aspect of the report is the use of case studies, based on surveys of the frameworks for RFTM found in several PIARC member countries.
RFTM issues are complicated and challenging, balancing economic growth and environmental impacts, reducing energy consumption and improving road safety. Added complexity comes from the multiple stakeholders involved in urban freight transport, namely shippers, freight carriers, administrators, residents and others. The different aspirations of private and public entities highlight the benefits of coordination in the process of implementing policy measures. Within the public sector the collaboration among multiple local authorities in the same region as well as those at regional, national and international level is required.
Institutional factors for RFTM include legal issues, organisational structure and functionality. Bodies are found for RFTM at local, regional, national, and international level in various countries on either a legal or voluntary basis. Recognising the importance of RFTM, the common functions of these bodies include sharing ideas and views, finding appropriate approaches and measures to solve problems, implementing policy measures, and evaluating the results.
Multi-jurisdictional freight planning with regional cooperative arrangements can provide the policy direction and context needed for the implementation of freight management activities. Public-private partnerships also play a key role in identifying needs, developing solutions, and exploring the sharing of benefits and costs. Nevertheless a dedicated freight planning and management function is essential within government at different levels. Also in public-private partnerships of stakeholders, leadership is important to define a common vision for RFTM and promote a strategic approach.