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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: 15 Jan 2016

Romanian MPs propose local EV procurement legislation


Romanian politicians have proposed new legislation that will require purchases of new municipal public transport to feature at least 50 per cent electric vehicles.

Six members of parliament have submitted the bill to the Romanian Senate in the hope that it will reduce pollution in cities and promote green transport.

If passed, the obligation will also apply to school buses and minibuses, and private companies that provide transport in cities and metropolitan areas.

By News Editor / Updated: 27 Jan 2016

UK extends plug-in car subisidy to 2018


The UK government has extended by at least two years the grant to subsidise the purchase of electric and other low-emission cars to encourage more motorists to buy greener vehicles.

The original grant was introduced in 2011 and is reported to be responsible for the purchase of about 50 000 low-emission vehicles.

Due to expire in February 2016, the grant will now run until March 2018.

The revised grant gives buyers up to £4 500 (€ 5 900) towards cleaner new cars, and will focus on zero-emissions vehicles, no longer subsidising the most expensive hybrids.

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By News Editor / Updated: 27 Jan 2016

Minimise barriers to develop car-sharing in emerging markets – new report


Institutional support and an enabling environment are crucial if emerging cities are to successfully establish car-sharing, a global sustainability research organisation has said.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) reviewed existing literature and interviewed mobility experts and car-sharing operators to develop an initial understanding of the feasibility of car-sharing in developing cities.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 27 Jan 2016

New report on encouraging cycling published (Denmark)


The Danish Cyclists' Federation has released a new report looking at how to encourage people to cycle more.

With support from Denmark's National Cycling Fund, the report aimed to identify why people choose bicycles for everyday transportation, what causes people to change their travel habits, and the obstacles that exist to making such this change. The report also offers recommendations on how to increase cycling and encourage a lasting change in travel habits.

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Apr 2016

Transport Research Arena 2016

The Transport Research Arena is the most important transport research event in Europe, gathering every 2 years the key stakeholders such as researchers, experts, operators, industry and

By News Editor / Updated: 02 Dec 2015
By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 27 Jan 2016

Italian city subsidises cycling commuters


The Italian city of Massarosa is experimenting with a pilot programme to pay locals to commute to work by bicycle rather than by car.

Using funds from the payment of traffic tickets, the city will pay 50 Massarosa residents up to €600 per year if they choose to travel to work by bicycle.

With the aid of a smartphone application, the distance that those involved have cycled will be calculated, with every kilometre travelled worth €0.25. The trial is not limited to residents working in Massarosa itself, but also to those working in neighbouring towns.

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By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 26 Nov 2015

Publications on sustainable transport procurement released


The TRANSFORM project has released its final publications, exploring the use of procurement in developing low-carbon public transport.

The EU-funded project - which included the cities of Barcelona (Spain), Birmingham (United Kingdom) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) - has gathered examples of good practice into a final report. The report explains the journey of the three cities as they incorporated innovative practices when procuring transport and mobility products and services.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 20 Nov 2015

MEPs call for progress on sustainable urban transport


The European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee have called for more commitments on sustainable urban transport ahead of COP21 in Paris (France).

In a new report committee members call for ambitious emissions limits, ensuring the availability of public transport and car-sharing, and implementing ICT solutions to reduce the need for commuting to work.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 23 Nov 2015

EC launches new tender on ITS and traffic management


The European Commission has launched a new tender seeking to find integrated intelligent transport systems to manage European traffic.

The tender aims to contribute to the development of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which make use of information and communication technologies that allow vehicles to be connected to others, road transport infrastructure and other road users.