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The process of developing policy generally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. Guidelines can help cities develop and assess their transport policies to address existing and new policy objectives. Research organisations and institutions provide valuable data and analysis to underpin policy recommendations and decisions.

 

 
By News Editor / Updated: 25 Jul 2016

Commission unveils low-emission mobility strategy

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The European Commission has presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

The strategy sets clear and fair guiding principles to member states to prepare for the future, and ensure that Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.

The main elements of the strategy include:

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By Simone Bosetti / Updated: 19 Jul 2016

CIVITAS Policy Note - Cities towards Mobility 2.0: connect, share and go!

With this policy note, CIVITAS WIKI provides cities with a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts and practices and to offer guidance to decision-/policy-makers and urban mobility professionals in identifying opportunities and challenges of shared mobility for their cities. 

The concept of 'sharing' is shaking up the global economy. This revolution has an effect on all economic sectors and the mobility sector is one of the sectors facing the greatest and most revolutionary changes.

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By News Editor / Updated: 14 Jul 2016

Vehicle sharing can reduce urban social inequality – new report

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A new study says that replacing traditional buses on fixed routes with on-demand flexible shared vehicles can improve citizens’ access schools, health services and work opportunities.

The report, by the International Transport Forum (ITF), says that with shared mobility providing a better service at a lower cost, traditional urban bus services would most likely disappear.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jun 2016

Autonomous buses begin testing in Sion (Switzerland)

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Two autonomous shuttle buses began carrying passengers in the district of Sion last week, as part of a two-year research project to test and improve traffic and fleet-management algorithms.

The smart vehicles, run by Swiss public bus operator PostBus, will carry up to 11 passengers at a time, at a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour.

The vehicles will make their way along the edge of town and through a pedestrian area.

 A remote operator using a software program will monitor and control the buses. For safety and security, an attendant will also be onboard.

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Jun 2016

Prague introduces rules for carsharing operators (Czech Republic)

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The city of Prague last week introduced new legislation for companies wishing to start carsharing schemes in the city.

Councillors drafted a document with 13 requirements, including that the operator must be a legal entity, that the car must be available 24 hours a day, and that the average age of the fleet must not be more than 4 years.

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Jun 2016
By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jun 2016

Engineers call for electric vehicle revolution (Ireland)

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A national association of engineers in Ireland has said that the country must embrace electric vehicles to ensure it meets its overall renewable energy targets.

Engineers Ireland, which represents 23 000 engineers, said that the country needs improvements in technology, financial incentives and a change in attitude towards electric vehicles.

The body called on public transport operators to swap their vehicles for electric bus fleets immediately, and for Irish government ministers to set an example by switching to electric cars.

By Robert Pressl / Updated: 09 Jun 2016
By News Editor / Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Romania rolls out improved incentives for purchasing e-vehicles

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The Romanian government has announced that it will spend 220 million Romanian leu (€ 48.85m) on encouraging people to scrap their older cars and buy cleaner vehicles.

One of the first measures will be to improve a current scrappage scheme, known as Rabla – under which citizens receive 6,500 Romanian Lei (€ 1 440) for scrapping vehicles older than 8 years.

Originally designed to take the most polluting cars off the roads, the environment ministry has now introduced two ‘eco-bonuses’ to the scheme.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 12 May 2016

Officer - Sustainable Mobility and Transport

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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development. It has 15 offices servicing its members while developing innovative projects and events and is an international not-for-profit association and network perceived as the international representative of cities for sustainability. The European Secretariat is based in Freiburg, Germany.