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The longer and heavier vehicle debate: A review of empirical evidence from Germany

Sanchez Rodrigues, Vasco ORCID:, Piecyk, Maja, Mason, Robert ORCID: and Boenders, Tim 2015. The longer and heavier vehicle debate: A review of empirical evidence from Germany. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 40 , pp. 114-131. 10.1016/j.trd.2015.08.003

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This paper aims to evaluate the likely effects of the adoption of Longer Heavier Vehicles (LHVs) from the perspective of logistics service providers (LSPs). The research consists of six case studies and a survey of companies which were involved LHV trials in Germany. Wider introduction of LHVs is being increasingly demanded so that road freight transport can better serve and support modern supply chains whilst achieving the desired eco-efficiency advancements. Available literature on LHVs puts a particular emphasis on five factors that need to be included in the assessment of their impact: energy efficiency, CO2 emissions, costs, safety and infrastructure. The research provides an original and innovative empirical study refining and validating the current conceptual framework for assessing LHVs demonstrating it is a valuable tool and providing evidence that the vast majority of companies participating in our study, regardless of their size, were interested in the adoption of LHVs. However, it should be noted that a key limitation of the research is that by focusing on a single country case, the nature and scale of the findings may not reflect practice in other countries and sectors. There is also a need to examine the long-term sustainability of the improvements made.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Longer Heavier Vehicles (LHVs); Megatrucks; Gigaliners; Road freight transport; Freight consolidation; CO2 emissions; Environmental impact; Supply chain management
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1361-9209
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 22:24

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