EFFECTS OF GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL POLICIES ON TRANSPORTATION CHAINS: A MICRO-LEVEL STUDY - STEM


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Aims and objectives       

The aim is to investigate how the actors in a transportation chain are expected to act when different types of governmental control policies are applied, such as, fuel taxes, road fees, vehicle taxes and requirements on vehicles.

Results and impact

A concrete result of the project will be a simulation-based tool that can be used to analyze the effects of different control policies. From a societal perspective, the simulator will be used to analyze the total costs and environmental effects and in this way provide guidance in decision making regarding control policies. The intention is that such analyzes will complement those made using existing macro-models. In addition, it will be possible for businesses to use the simulator in order to determine cost-effective strategies given different (future) scenarios.

Implementation of Plan and Methodology

A micro-model simulator based on agent technology will be developed and used to predict the effects of different control policies. Some intelligence will be incorporated into the  simulator, such as, how the transport operators acts in different situations. A number of characteristic scenarios will be studied using the simulator. In addition, relevant logistic factors will be identified in order to generalize the results so that the effects in other types of transportation chains can be predicted.