Activity 9.2: Adopt the plan

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 11 Nov 2015


The Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon needs to be legitimised by the elected political representatives of the responsible body/bodies that develop the plan. This is a key step in making it accountable and providing an agreed upon framework for measureinfo-icon implementation.



  • Ensure a legitimate and accountable plan.
  • Foster acceptance of the plan.
  • Provide an agreed upon framework for measure implementation.



  • Ensure formal adoption of the SUMP by the elected representatives of the public body/bodies responsible for planning (e.g. city council, regional council).


Timing and coordination

  • After plan document has been finished and before measure implementation.
  • Adoption process may take a few months (see example below).


Details on the tasks

Different framework conditions for plan adoption

The exact form of adoption will depend on the national regulatory framework and administrative structure. In general terms, the following needs to be achieved:

  • Those authorities responsible for drawing up the action and budget plan should also adopt it, ensuring compliance with national regulation regarding plan adoption and (where applicable) minimum sustainable urban mobilityinfo-icon planning requirements. The possibility that any party involved could take legal action against a plan that contravenes these rules should be anticipated.
  • The action and budget plan of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan has to be assessed with an eye to the impacts of policies and measures, to procedural requirements and progress made, and to achieving compliance with the EC directive on Strategic Environmental Assessmentinfo-icon (SEA). To guarantee a credible evaluationinfo-icon, an independent body should be responsible for plan assessment.
  • If the provision of national funds depends on the fulfilment of national quality criteria, the action and budget plan of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan also needs to be approved by a higher level of government (linked to the results of the assessment).

Source: Pilot Manual 2007,



Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan adopted by elected representatives of pubic body/bodies responsible for planning.



West of England: Timetable for adoption of a Joint Local Transport Plan

Four councils (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) were working in partnership to plan and deliver transport improvements in the West of England area. This required adoption of a Joint Local Transport Plan by different committees and councils.

  • Joint Transport Executive Committee – 10/12/10
  • South Gloucestershire Full Council – 15/12/10
  • North Somerset Full Council – 18/01/11
  • Bristol City Full Council – 18/01/10
  • Bath and North East Somerset Full Council – 20/01/11
  • Publication of final Joint Local Transport Plan – 31/03/11