Switzerland is an important transit country for freight traffic through Europe, and its population is very much concerned by the pollution and the congestion that road traffic creates over its network. Indeed, the geographic configuration of the country, its circuitous and mountainous network, tend to increase these problems and their impacts on the population, while the natural beauty of the country and its important tourism activity militate in favor of their control. These concerns led the Swiss government to impose some restrictions on trucking over its territory: since the early seventies, transport movements by trucks of more than 28 tons are forbidden in Switzerland, and trucking is not allowed during the night and on Sundays. The weight limitation was proven to be very effective in reducing the number of trucks transiting through Switzerland, even though it induced to some extent a substitution of more numerous 28 t. in place of 40 t. trucks. First, this restriction increase the cost per ton of road transportation, so that rail transportation becomes relatively more competitive and part of the road traffic is switched to the rail. Secondly, it induces the choice of truckers of different routes through longer itineraries through France and Austria.

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    Ashgate Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Buethe, M
    • Demilie, L
    • Jourquin, B
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00794218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1840145064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2000 12:00AM