Effects of a Driving Restriction for Heavy Goods Vehicles on Sunday in the Walloon Region

In most of Belgium's neighbouring countries, including Germany, France and Luxemburg, heavy vehicles are not allowed to travel on Sunday. As Belgium has not yet instated such a ban, (international) freight traffic has built up on the road network, getting ready to cross into these countries as soon as the ban is lifted. These vehicles accumulate in the form of extra trucks on both the road and the rest areas near the border.

The Walloon government was exploring the possibility of instating a similar restriction for the region and/or the country, and wanted to know more about the consequences this may have. The study was lead by the BRRC, with TML as a subcontractor.

To set the stage, it was useful to first investigate how other European countries have filled in the frame of a driving restriction for heavy goods vehicles. Special attention was paid to the direct neighbours, whose policy has the greatest impact on the situation in Belgium and the Walloon Region. Based on those findings, the set up most logical for the Walloon Region was established, to be used as a guideline for the rest of the study.

That study itself consisted of estimating the impacts of a driving restriction on:

- The economic situation: organization of shippers and transporters, modal split, infrastructure, parking areas, congestion
- The environment: global (CO2) and local pollutants
- Society: noise, traffic safety, driving and resting times
An extensive consultation with stakeholders in the field was performed. For quantitative evaluations, the research was based on data from START/SITTER and TREMOVE.




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