In a globalizing economy with increasing goods transport over long distances, each transport mode must endeavour to optimize its performance (comodality) under the growing constraints of law and the environment.
This working group was formed in 2005, at the request of the authorities in charge of managing road infrastructure in Belgium. It gathered representatives from the three regions of the country (MOW for the Flemish Region, Brussels Mobility department for the Brussels Capital Region, and SPW for the Walloon Region), the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport and a few research institutes (ITLB, BRSI, BRRC).
The last few kilometres in town the most expensive (they may represent up to 30 % of the total cost of transport) and difficult (uncertainty, stress for drivers, etc.) to transport enterprises. Moreover, the sustainable development of town centres is connected with the problems raised by deliveries (environmental impact, economic development, and working conditions).
Goods transport is a key factor in the economic development of enterprises and regions. At the same time, it can be held responsible for major nuisance such as noise annoyance, air pollution, the deterioration of road infrastructure, fuel consumption, road safety problems, etc.