Sustainable and responsible freight transport through public-private collaboration: Finnish road freight responsibility model

Lasse Nykänen, Jarkko Rantala, Heikki Liimatainen

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    In aviation, maritime and rail transport safety management systems are well adapted and
    they are fixed part of daily practices and the minimum requirements for systems are set in
    European regulations. However, this does not apply a road freight sector. In 2013, Finnish
    Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) started to develop a road freight responsibility model,
    which was intended to enhance safety, quality and environmental management in the
    Finnish road freight transport sector. The aim of this paper is to introduce the Finnish
    model and to summarize the main findings from the responsibility model.
    This paper includes data and knowledge from two separate but related projects which
    studied responsibility and sustainability in the Finnish road freight sector. The paper
    combines information from several methods, but the main research method was a case
    study with transport companies. Complementary methods used in this paper are workshop
    and online survey.
    Transport companies have different practises and attitudes related to the responsible
    business and the size of the company or the main service sector of the company do not
    always explain the differences. According to the results, this kind of new voluntary basis
    approach has a demand in the road freight sector and it will provide help for transport
    companies to develop their business.
    The paper represents a new approach of the national transport agency to develop the road
    freight sector. With the responsibility model Trafi aims to promote sustainable and
    responsible business of all sizes of transport companies with a voluntary basis approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNOFOMA 2015
    Subtitle of host publicationPost Conference Proceedings, Molde, 3-5 June 2015, Nordic Logistics Research Network
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)978-82-7962-207-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventNordic logistics research network conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceNordic logistics research network conference
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • Heavy road freight
    • sustainability
    • transport management
    • transport agency
    • Finland
    • Safety
    • quality
    • environment
    • responsibility

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 0

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Engineering


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