Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Data-led Governance of Road Freight Transport

Improving compliance
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This report examines ways to improve compliance with road freight transport regulations through the use of new data sources and technical solutions. It also reviews possibilities for new approaches to the broader governance of road freight as the availability of Big Data in transport facilitates more data-driven policy making with more targeted and flexible regulatory frameworks as well as more efficient enforcement mechanisms.

The work for this report was carried out in the context of a project initiated and funded by the International Transport Forum's Corporate Partnership Board (CPB). CPB projects are designed to enrich policy discussion with a business perspective. Led by the ITF, work is carried out in a collaborative fashion in working groups consisting of CPB member companies, external experts and ITF researchers.

Policy Insights

  • Use currently available data within existing frameworks.
  • Consider a completely new data-driven regulatory approach.
  • Develop cross-sectoral approaches to data handling and processing.
  • Investigate the best uses of new technologies, systems, and data science.
  • Investigate applicability of wider and less structured big data sets.
  • Consider impacts of automation of road freight vehicles.

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