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.    

By Sofia Pechin / Updated: 10 Aug 2020
By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 22 Jul 2020

Vilnius' new trafffic plan enters into force to cut car traffic in Old Town

The city of Vilnius has launched its new traffic plan in order to better manage traffic in its historic centre, the Old Town. From the 7 July 2020 onwards, vehicles can only navigate the city in four loops that cover the entire historic city centre.
By adham / Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Living "summer" streets in Aarhus

As a part of the “Summer Pedestrian Street Pilot Project”, two streets in Aarhus; “Graven” and “Vestergade” were converted into pedestrian streets from June 2019 to October 2019. The project’s objective was to enhance the liveable urban environment by creating living and green streets. This will contribute to the project's objective by making sustainable transport attractive and easy to adopt. This case study has been created as a part of the cities.multimodal project.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 19 May 2020
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 06 May 2020
By Patrick Troy / Updated: 13 Mar 2020

Market Consultation on Technology and Services for Future Options for Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

ReVeAL is a Civitas project that has requested feedback from any cities, technology and/or service suppliers or developers that could assist and enhance the implementation of urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) today, or in the future.
By cnebusi / Updated: 08 Jun 2020
By Patrick Troy / Updated: 07 Feb 2020

Ghent's traffic circulation alterations inspire Birmingham's ambitious new transport plan

Eltis recently reported that the UK city of Birmingham plans to restrict vehicular access to the city centre in an effort to reduce air pollution and promote mode change. The Birmingham transport plan has been modelled on ideas that were first introduced in Ghent’s zone-centred traffic circulation plan of 2017.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 27 Jan 2020

Birmingham restricts car access in order to reduce air pollution

Birmingham has become the latest city in the UK to introduce a series of measures that aim to reduce pollution from road transport. 

Birmingham's measures appeared in a draft transport plan, which included removing through-traffic from the city centre. Only car traffic that had a destination within the city would be able to drive within city. These cars would need to comply with the requirements of the city's Clean Air Zone, meaning that drivers would have to pay a fine if their vehicles did not meet the specified vehicle emission standards.

By tfievet / Updated: 29 Jan 2020