This study involves the identification of the whole range of truck operational effects, the understanding of the characteristics of each effect, the development of a method for describing the distribution of the impacts, and the quantification of relationships and distributional evaluation in cost/benefit terms. This paper focuses mainly on the first three aspects. The importance of maintaining a proper perspective of the extent of heavy freight transport within the total transport scene is stressed. Road freight transport is described as an economic activity in terms of transport output, the public and private monetary inputs to the industry, and the external effects, of which the main ones are traffic delays, road accidents and environmental effects. The output, inputs and external effects associated with road freight transportation fall on different sectors of the community and the impact is not necessarily equitably identified. Five main community groups are identified and discussed.

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    • This is a paper that was presented at an OECD Symposium "Heavy Freight Vehicles and Their Effects" held in Paris, November 14-16, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Corcoran, P J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Supp. Report 417 Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM