Urban distribution hub policy design. Combining hub user requirements with municipal distribution visions
There are multiple ways to reduce the negative externalities and still leave room for economic growth in the city. Together with the implementation of zero emission zones, urban distribution hubs can help reducing the negative effects of urban logistics. This research will focus on the way that municipalities can facilitate the use of urban distribution hubs and how they can implement this in their policies. For this urban distribution hub policy design, views from urban distribution hub users themselves are also included, as they might provide practical and useful insights. The research’ focus is on municipalities that are planning to implement a zero emission zone in 2025, which ensures that the municipal visions towards these zones can be included as well. It became clear that municipalities mostly do not have complete hub policies (yet). However, municipalities are already taking measures to facilitate hubs to a certain extent. To form hub policies, first of all the main policy aim or overall focus has to be determined. From that, more specific objectives can be drafted, which can be split into smaller policy measures or targets.
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