Project: Impact Assessment of FBP and SAFED

Reference: PPRO 04/14/11

Last update: 05/02/2009 16:03:40


To measure the impact of two DfT funded programmes: 1) Freight Best Practice programme; and 2) the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving programme. The research will identify how successfully the two programmes have been embedded in the trucking industry in England. The research will also investigate and how far the programmes have progressed in long term aims of achieving:

. lower CO2 emissions
. lower congestion
. lower operating costs
. better organised logistics businesses
. better targeted investment in training and equipment
. improvements in other areas such as safety, competitiveness and resilience

The above mentioned benefits contribute to the Departments strategies for sustainable distribution most recently updated in the July 2004 white paper 'The Future of Transport'.

The research will help gauge the future directions of the two schemes.


The Department for Transport (DfT) is commissioning two research projects to investigate:
A. The impact of the Freight Best Practice (FBP) programme that it funds, to specifically measure the effectiveness (and to calculate the financial and environmental values) of the programme; and
B. The impact of the Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) scheme, to specifically measure the market benefit and perceived benefits of the scheme.

The impact assessment of the FBP programme will build and expand upon two previous impact assessment surveys undertaken in 2003 and 2005 , and explore in greater depth actual financial and environmental savings achieved by hauliers using the programme.


Databuild Ltd
21 Graham Street, Birmingham, B1 3JR

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £79,500.00

Actual start date: 18 December 2006

Actual completion date: 31 October 2007


SAFED Impact Assessment 2007
Author: Databuild
Publication date: 21/07/2008
Source: DfT Website
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Freight Best Practice Programme Impact Assessment
Author: Databuild
Publication date: 19/11/2007
Source: DfT Website
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