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Data-led Enforcement of Road Haulage


Road freight hauliers are subject to a broad range of rules and regulations meant to promote effective use of vehicles and infrastructure, competition, safe operation, and sustainable road transport. Most firms in the sector comply with these rules but there are some that do not. All, however, are subject to occasionally heavy, administratively taxing and sometimes inefficient control and enforcement actions on the part of authorities.

This project will explore avenues for better commercial vehicle enforcement strategies that leverage new data sources and techniques. In particular, it will explore what new strategies and frameworks are emerging that open new, more efficient, avenues for ensuring commercial vehicle compliance with rules. It will also investigate which regulatory constraints may be lifted without risk due to new control mechanisms and data monitoring.

Issues to be investigated include what is the necessary foundation for successful innovation in the field of commercial vehicle enforcement (digital waybills, data logging mechanisms, privacy protocols, non-disclosure of commercially sensitive information, national databases, etc) and what immediate actions can already lead to more effective sharing of commercial vehicle and freight information?

The project will propose a way forward for the secure collection, storage and management of digital freight and transport-related  information and will explore the policy and regulatory implications of various use cases.

The project will focus on enforcement in four main areas of interest:

  • Enforcement of market-based rules. 
    Market-based rules are those that limit the access to the market of road transport market.

  • Enforcement of driver-based rules. 
    Driver-based rules are those that regulate the working and rest periods of the crew.

  • Enforcement of vehicle condition. 
    This relates to the rules that regulate the weights and dimensions of the vehicles in each country.

  • Enforcement implications for automated driving technologies. 
    The implementation of automated driving technologies in road transport will require changes in regulatory landscape with certain enforcement implications for the vehicle condition, market- and driver-based rules.

Participating Partners: Brisa, Kapsch, NXP, PTV Group, Venice Port Authority