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Transport Service Provider Perception of Barriers and Urban Freight Policies in Brazil

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Department of Transport and Geotechnical Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte 31515-212, Brazil
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Research and Development Center for Logistics, Supply Chain and Infrastructure, Fundação Dom Cabral, Nova Lima 34018-006, Brazil
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Economy Graduate Program, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza 60020-60, Brazil
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Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 6890; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11246890
Received: 30 October 2019 / Revised: 28 November 2019 / Accepted: 30 November 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Logistics)
The aim of this paper is to analyze the perceptions of the transport service providers on the barriers in urban freight transport and the restrictions imposed on freight vehicles, identifying which urban freight transport policies can improve this activity in Brazil. Principal component analysis allowed us to identify which are barriers in urban cargo transport and the restrictions imposed on freight vehicles. In addition, we evaluated freight policies that can improve the activity using probabilistic preference. We obtained the database from a web-based survey of transport service providers in Brazil. The results indicate that the urban freight vehicle restriction is related to congestion and availability of loading and unloading areas. The freight vehicle restriction is a result of the lack of information and data. The theft of cargo significantly impacts urban freight transport. Transport service provider company perceptions indicate an urban mobility plan as the most-required freight policy to improve freight mobility. To reduce the barriers to urban freight planning, an understanding of the problem involving the stakeholders is needed. To do so, the challenge is to change the culture in the transportation planning process by integrating various actors to create an urban logistics plan that generates opportunities for the city. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban freight transport; transport service provider companies; principal component analysis; probabilistic preference; urban logistics plan urban freight transport; transport service provider companies; principal component analysis; probabilistic preference; urban logistics plan
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de Oliveira, L.K.; Leite Nascimento, C.O.; de Sousa, P.R.; de Resende, P.T.V.; Ferreira da Silva, F.G. Transport Service Provider Perception of Barriers and Urban Freight Policies in Brazil. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6890.

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