Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

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Urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) is a form of traffic management that regulates access in specific urban locations according to vehicle type, age, emissions category – or other factors such as time of day, or day of the week. UVARs can include Low Emission Zones (LEZs) and/ or Congestion Charging and involve a wide range of considerations in implementation.

Urban vehicle access regulations are becoming an increasingly popular method of managing vehicle flows through urban areas.    

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 14 Oct 2019
By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 16 Sep 2019

Bucharest plans to restrict most polluting cars in 2020

The Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, has announced a project which plans to severely restrict access to central Bucharest for polluting cars. The project plans to introduce a tax on cars registered outside of Bucharest and Ilfov county when entering the capital.

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 22 Jul 2019

Finnish Government plans to allow congestion charges in its cities

The new Finnish Government plans to introduce legislation to allow its cities to introduce road tolls or congestion charges. Until now, cities have not been allowed to apply such charges in Finland, but the new Government's commitments to exploring emission reduction charges, as well as the fact that between 2011-2018 new car registrations in Finland increased by more than the population did, has led to a change in the previous view.

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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 17 Jul 2019

Bratislava explores introducing low-emission zones

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, is currently exploring how to use low-emission zones to tackle air pollution from transport.

Creation of the low-emission zones is part of an addendum to the city’s statute, which councillors approved on 27 June 2019.

The city council has stressed that Bratislava's seventeen individual boroughs will have the authority to introduce low-emission zones according to local needs - as well as determining the size of the zones.

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By Ella Andrew / Updated: 17 Jun 2019

Freight in the City 2019

The next Freight in the City Expo will take place on 6 November 2019 at Alexandra Palace, London. 

Last year’s Freight in the City Expo attracted around 1,000 visitors who came to see over 60 exhibitors showcasing the very latest vehicles, technology and equipment to enable urban deliveries to be made cleanly, safely, quietly and efficiently.

By Dagmar Roeller / Updated: 14 Jun 2019

Policy & Project Manager

Polis is looking for an experienced policy & project manager who will be employed on a full-time long-term contract. The policy and project manager will coordinate Polis’ policy and advocacy activities and will manage European-funded projects in the field of sustainable urban mobility and transport innovation. Apply until 17 June.

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 28 May 2019

Brussels' and London's access regulations show signs of success

Brussels and London are amongst the European cities that have recently further developed their respective urban vehicle access regulation schemes. Both have introduced stricter rules for older, more polluting vehicles that want to access defined areas within each city. In both cases, the first evaluation results indicate positive impacts in terms of emissions and compliance with the new regulations.

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By Tom Nokes / Updated: 15 Apr 2019

CIVITAS Forum 2019 - calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors ends 31 May

The calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors are currently open for this year's CIVITAS Forum closing 31 May 2019. For more information about the event, including the draft programme and full details on travel and accommodation, visit the event page here.

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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 13 May 2019

Amsterdam to ban most petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030

Amsterdam’s city council has announced plans to phase out many types of petrol and diesel vehicle in a bid to clean up air pollution in the city.

According to the authorities in the Dutch city, air pollution is responsible for shortening the life expectancy of residents by a year. Air pollution in the Netherlands is higher than required by EU standards; most of it is produced by Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the country’s two largest cities.

The Clean Air Action Plan announced by the city of Amsterdam aims to curb transport-related emissions and so reduce air pollution.  

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By Anna Clark / Updated: 07 May 2019

Future of Transport - how do we deal with it?

Are you a transport professional who is interested in understanding how best to deal with the fast-changing urban transport landscape while ensuring the shift towards zero-carbon urban mobility? Then this is the course for you! With a mix of lectures, workshops, site visits and the chance to exchange with peers this EIT Climate-KIC course will provide you with tools and methods that will give practical support in dealing with long-term planning in complexity.