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 Mariliza Merti / Updated: 21 May 2021
By Mariliza Merti / Updated: 21 May 2021
By Mariliza Merti / Updated: 21 May 2021
By Mariliza Merti / Updated: 21 May 2021
By bnemeth / Updated: 17 Aug 2021

Bilbao, a city in transformation – finalist of the 9th SUMP Award

Bilbao was one of the finalists of the 9th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award), which focused on the theme of ‘zero emission mobility for all’. Amongst the three finalists, which also included the Greater Grenoble Area Mobility Authority (SMMAG) for Grenoble-Alpes’ SUMP (FR) and Belgrade (SRB), Bilbao was selected as a result of its clear focus on road safety and the prioritisation of non-motorised mobility. One essential step towards the implementation of the local SUMP was the decision to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h in the entire city of Bilbao.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 11 Mar 2021
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 11 Feb 2021

E-bike and e-cargo bike grants of £1,000 ahead of Scotland’s low emission zones

With Scotland planning to install low emission zones (LEZs) in its four biggest cities, plans have been released which involve grants available to households and small businesses to support their transition to low or non-polluting vehicles and travel behaviour.
By Conall Martin / Updated: 11 Jan 2021
By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 23 Dec 2020

Brussels' decision on introduction "smart city toll" met with protest in Flanders and Wallonia

At the start of December the Brussels-Capital Region reached an internal agreement on the introduction of a ‘City Toll’ or ‘Intelligent Kilometre Charge’. The road charging project, called SmartMove, is to be introduced in 2022 and aims to reduce the number of individual journeys by car by 25% by 2030. The Capital Region hopes the measure will reduce congestion on the many city avenues and tunnels, and to improve air quality.

By Sofia Pechin / Updated: 14 Dec 2020