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

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNOFOMA 2015
Subtitle of host publicationPost Conference Proceedings, Molde, 3-5 June 2015, Nordic Logistics Research Network
PublisherNordic Logistics Research Network Publisher
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-82-7962-207-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic logistics research network conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


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


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.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


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

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