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 Ella Andrew / Updated: 27 Nov 2019

Berlin implements new diesel restrictions

Berlin has implemented the first of seven planned diesel restrictions, in an attempt to manage its nitrogen dioxide emissions.

The city follows action by other cities in Germany, Hamburg and Darmstadt, which have implemented low emission zones to facilitate compliance with nitrogen dioxide limits. It is likely that additional cities in Germany will implement low emission zones to tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances. 

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 27 Nov 2019

Warsaw announces mobility measures to improve air quality

Authorities in the city of Warsaw recently revealed a broad range of measures in a drive to improve the city's air quality. The measures were announced by the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, during the Warsaw Climate Conference last month.

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), in 2018, Warsaw ranked as one of the EU capitals with the highest air pollution levels. More than 400,000 premature deaths in the EU I n 2018 resulted from air pollution according to another recent EEA study. 

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 18 Nov 2019
By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 06 Nov 2019

Bucharest takes action to ban and tax cars to improve air quality

The General Council of Bucharest voted on Thursday 23 October for Mayor Gabriela Firea's plan to introduce a special tax on cars circulating in the Romanian capital that do not comply with Euro 5 pollution standards. The special tax is called the 'Oxygen vignette'.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 04 Nov 2019

London’s ULEZ cuts NO2 pollution by a third

Since its introduction in April 2019, London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has cut nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution by a third. Quarterly averages from roadside monitors in the UK capital show that levels have fallen by 36% in six months, from 89µg/m3 (January to March) to 57 µg/m3 (July to September).

A report on the zone’s first six months, published by London's City Hall, highlights some more encouraging results in terms of reducing air pollution, namely:

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.

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.

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.

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.