A high number of citizens in urban municipalities across Europe are negatively influenced by air and noise pollution and congestion. Thus, Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) are a measure which is increasingly chosen by cities across Europe to reduce these burdens on citizens. Whereas locals know the potentially difficult rules of limiting the access to urban areas, non-residents could struggle to comply with legislation.
The EU-funded 'UVAR Box' project aims to reduce this problem by fostering the digitisation process of UVAR data across several European countries. The project, which started in August 2020 and runs for 24 months, aims to harmonise UVAR information, supporting integrated information on UVAR schemes in apps, fleet management tools and navigation devices. This will support both road users to plan journeys across the EU, and local authorities and Member States to set up digital issuing procedures and comply with European regulations on travel information (ITS Directive and Single Digital Gateway).
The project will establish a structure for UVAR data schemes and develop adequate machine-readable formats in DATEX II. It will support UVAR data collection, maintenance, and accessibility to navigation systems and mobile applications. This will enable the public authorities responsible for UVARs to provide digital, accurate, up to date, continuous and interoperable EU-wide real-time traffic information services. It will in turn facilitate access to harmonised information to all road users to plan their trips, through different end user service providers.
UVAR Box is a pilot project awarded by the European Commission to a consortium led by ARMIS, composed of AlbrechtConsult, AustriaTech, MAPtm, MEMEX, POLIS Network, PRISMA Solutions and TRT, and including Harrod Booth Consulting, Sadler Consultants and U-Trex as subcontractors.
This project was awarded in the framework of the Preparatory Action — User-friendly Information Tool on Urban and Regional Vehicle Access Regulation Schemes, Notice: 2019/S 229-561113, Reference number: MOVE/B4/2019-498.
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