Road Traffic

  • Basics of road traffic (individual traffic, passenger traffic, freight traffic).
  • Characteristics of road traffic
  • Trends and innovations in road transport
  • Status quo and future developments in road freight transport
  • Trucks (classes, driving and rest time regulations, toll systems, cabotage)
  • Introduction to vehicle costs and transport calculation
  • Basics of commercial road transport (esp. freight contract, freight documents)

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Kummer, S. (2010): Einführung in die Verkehrswirtschaft, facultas, 2.Auflage, Wien.
Wittenbrink, P. (2012) Transportkostenmanagement im Straßengüterverkehr, Springer, 2. Auflage, Wiesbaden.
Cerwenka, P./ Hauger, G./ Hörl, B./ Klamer, M. (2007): Handbuch der Verkehrssystemplanung, Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, Wien.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, self-organized reading, discussion, reflection and discussion of case studies, exemplary Excel calculations

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Final written exam (100%).
  • Content criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterization, complexity of solutions in terms of technical and methodological competence.
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, linguistic differentiation, and independence of results presentation.

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course students can

  • name characteristics of road transport and distinguish them from other modes of transport (1) and explain them from a transport economics point of view (2)
  • describe methods and instruments to support the management of transport companies in the field of road transport (1) and explain their possible applications (2)
  • explain basic competitive conditions, framework conditions and activities in road freight transport (2)
  • describe essential trends and innovations in road transport (1) and forecast possible effects (2)
  • present the fundamentals of commercial road transport (1)
  • name vehicle costs (1), break them down (1) and use them in a transport calculation (3)

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