Regulating Transport in Europe
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Regulating Transport in Europe

Edited by Mattias Finger and Torben Holvad

This book concerns the regulation of transport within a European context, covering air, inland waterways, rail, road passenger and freight, urban public transport, and short sea shipping. All these sectors have experienced substantial changes over the last two decades, in terms of ownership, competition and liberalisation, and the book explores the main transformations and their impacts. The authors address these issues, with a specific focus on the effects of the organisation and regulation of transport systems on their performance. They also provide timely policy recommendations, including possible European future policy initiatives.
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Chapter 4: Inter-urban road freight

Jan Burnewicz and Monika Bak


Inter-urban road freight transport is one of the most important economic sectors of the European Union. The wide influence of transport on almost all aspects of life has long been generally known, but road transport plays a special role for the European Union (EU) economy since this transport mode fulfils the overwhelming majority of transport needs both for companies and individuals. From the macroeconomic and mezzo-economic perspective this impact is also crucial and can be perceived as a general effect for the economic growth, structural changes of the economy, regional development and cohesion, and so on. Interrelations between macroeconomic development and road transport condition influence the EU economic and industrial competitiveness. In this chapter inter-urban road freight is perceived from the perspective of reforming regulatory frameworks and their effects. This regulatory reform should result in improving operational conditions or freeing it from unnecessary limitations needed in order to complete the creation of a Single European Transport Area including a competitive, efficient and fair road freight market.

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