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InfoPolis #117
March 2015

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Editorial

Dear members,

this week Monday, European Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, shook hands with Bremen, Dresden, Ghent and Thessaloniki when she presented the European Award for sustainable transport planning (SUMP Award). The Commissioner's speech highlighted that successful cities are daring cities - which dare to implement a vision, and which share experiences facilitating progress across Europe. Bulc emphasized that networking is one of Europe's major strengths.

Our sincere congratulations to all nominated cities, many of which are Polis members and hence part of a community dedicated to achieve more sustainable transport. Read more about the award in this InfoPolis.

Three working group meetings are scheduled for May and June, read the updates on the next Polis Working Group meetings in this InfoPolis.

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I wish you a pleasent read!

Yours sincerely,

Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director


QUICK NEWS

2015 Polis Conference call for speakers opens next week

As of Monday, 30 March, we call for abstracts for this year's Polis Conference, 19-20 November in Brussels. Keep your eyes open for the mailing!

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E-mobility recent events: presentations availalble!

Several e-mobility meetings took place in Brussels during the last week of February. The presentations of the events in which Polis participated are now on-line.

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European projects

Register for TIDE National Seminar in Lithuania

The TIDE Lithuanian National Take-up seminar on "Organisation of public transport in the region", will be held in Vilnius on April 24 2015.

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News from the institutions

Provide your input: the Clean Vehicles Directive is being revised

The European Commission (DG MOVE) has recently launched a study to undertake an ex-post evaluation of Directive 2009/33/EC on the Promotion of Clean and Energy Efficient Road Transport Vehicles (also known as the ‘Clean Vehicle Directive’ or CVD).

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Around Europe and beyond

SUMP award recognises cities' efforts in monitoring and evaluation of transport planning

On Monday 25 March in Brussels, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc presented Bremen (Germany) with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award. Polis members Ghent and Dresden are runners up while Thessaloniki received the "Special Prize of the jury".

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Electromobility+ Conference

The Electromobility+ Conference will take place in Berlin (Germany) on 20 May 2015

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MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Member in the Spotlight: Parking in Madrid gets Smart

Madrid is the first city in the world to implement a variable parking rate based on vehicle emissions. In the current discussion about standardised approaches for on-street parking service provision, Madrid is a shining example, so could this be a way forward for other cities as well?

The on-street parking policy is a crucial element to persuade people to either choose cleaner vehicles or to shift to another mode of transport. The Madrid parking strategy, which manages 156,000 parking spaces, is smart in three ways:

1. Those who park on-street pay according to the level of environmental friendliness of the technology of the vehicles (in Euro-class): when a car is parked the driver is asked to submit its licence plate number. This is checked against a reference database that includes the eco-performance of the vehicle. This determines the cost of parking. Madrid is the first city in the world to implement such a scheme, which includes all vehicles, and is not only giving incentives to hybrid or electric vehicles.

2 Within the parking system, the most advanced intelligent transport systems (ITS) are deployed... Continue reading here.

This insight has been published in the 'Thinking Cities' magazine, a joint publication of Polis and H3B Media. Issue 3, November/2014, page 106.





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