At the end of the 1990s, the organisation that was known at the time as Vägverket (the Swedish National Road Administration) initiated cooperation on quality assurance with players who purchase and conduct transportation.
The idea behind the cooperation was that the long-term profitability would increase through more efficient, safer and environmentally-adapted transportation. Participation in the quality assurance was voluntary. The players worked on the quality assurance internally within their own organisations, but received advice from Vägverket, which in 2010 became part of the Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket.
Safety and energy efficiency
Focus in the quality assurance was on five areas:
- Safe use of vehicles
- Safe vehicles
- Energy-efficient use of vehicles
- Energy-efficient vehicles
- Logistics and choice of traffic mode
Examples of the measures to increase safety were alcolocks, the observance of speed limits, seat belt use and regular vehicle maintenance.
Quality assurance of transportation takes place by means of a systematic approach in four stages:
- Decision and firm founding.
- Policy and goals.
- Action plan and measures.
During 2012, major parts of the operation known as "Collaboration with industry" were completely phased out. This was because of the lowering of frameworks conducted after 2010, and decisions regarding changes of direction in that which was previously known as sector responsibility.