Off Peak City Distribution

Haulage constitutes a large part of the daytime traffic in cities. The efficiency is low and emissions are unnecessary high due to congestion. An internationally tested improvement is cargo delivery at off-peak hours: evening, night and morning. Transports become more efficient and provide profitability due to less traffic. Also, the street space is better used. On the other hand noise from the haulage trucks during night might be disturbing for inhabitants, and therefore night traffic with heavy vehicles is forbidden between 22:00 and 06:00 in central Stockholm.

In the project off Peak City Distribution two vehicles has exemption from the restriction and are allowed to operate in Stockholm City during night. The vehicles, one Scania and one Volvo truck, are equipped with special noise reducing equipment. In addition, other means of noise reduction are tested, e.g. quiet cages and noise feedback tools. Noise levels are measures and analysed.

In addition to testing and evaluation new technology and noise evaluation, transport efficiency is measured and studied, and an evaluation of socio-economic effects is performed. The project should also propose regulatory principles, disseminate knowledge and promote a greater spread.

The project has been funded by the Vinnova program "Fordonsstrategisk Forskning och Innovation", FFI, and ended in December 2016. It has been coordinated by the Royal Institute of Technology, and is a collaboration with the City of Stockholm, Svebol Logistics AB, Lidl Sverige KB, Martin&Servera AB, K.Hartwall Oy AB, Scania CV AB, AB Volvo and Chalmers.

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