Urban Freight Consultations in the Paris Region
All authors:
Laetitia Dablanc, Diana Diziain, and Hervé Levifve
Host organisation:
CoE Southern California U, USA
Country: France
Publication year: 2011
Published in:
European Transport Research Review, 3 (1), 47-57.
Research theme: Change Processes and Institutional Innovation, Policy and Planning, Urban Freight
Urban freight
Research article
This article describes recent freight consultations in the Paris region (called the Ile de France) and assesses their usefulness to the urban freight policy. We examine consultations at three levels in the Ile de France Region´s institutional framework: the local level, represented by the “neighborhood councils" in the city of Paris´s individual districts; the municipal level, with the Paris Delivery Charter experience (2006—2009); and the regional level, through the Ile-de-France Regional Council´s recent experiences with freight consultation.  The Paris case leads to three conclusions. First, with regard to freight issues, specific consultations need to be implemented, because regular consultations neglect freight transport issues. Second, freight consultations are of little use at the local and municipal levels, because freight movement in urban areas is logistically connected to regional and national supply chains. Finally, it is important that consultation outcomes translate into effective changes in policies and behaviors. If not, well-intentioned freight companies willing to improve their urban operations will be discouraged from doing so and the very purpose of freight consultations, which is to promote more efficient and sustainable urban supply chains based on voluntary commitments, will be lost.
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