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PRESS RELEASE: Urban Vehicle Access Regulations Require EU Stakeholder Dialogue

25 April 2018

Brussels, 25 April 2018 - Representatives of European cities and automobile manufacturers call on the European Commission to continue to support the ongoing dialogue between all players involved in urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs). Dialogue is necessary to assess the impact of UVARs on mobility, and to achieve a more coordinated approach across the EU.

This call was made yesterday at a workshop jointly organised by POLIS, the network of cities and regions on transport innovation, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR). The aim of the workshop was to examine the role of EU institutions in the uptake of UVARs, as well as the future technological outlook in this area.

Participants stated that UVARs should be more efficiently deployed throughout the EU, helping reach policy goals at a minimal cost for implementers and road users. Issues such as better scheme design, monitoring, evaluation and enforcement should be coordinated in a European rather than a national context. In this respect, ACEA, EUCAR and POLIS welcome the recent publication of Commission’s study on Non-Binding Guidelines on UVARs, and look forward to learning how it will be put to use.

Participants also discussed a number of technological tools for UVARs. Over time, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) will play an important role in informing drivers and guiding vehicles to the locations they can access at specific times. If well used and implemented, C-ITS has the potential to help make UVARs more transparent for drivers.

The event gathered some 50 stakeholders involved in urban mobility, including representatives of the European Commission, motorists, shippers and retailers. It is the second joint event organised as part of the continuous collaboration between cities and automobile manufacturers.

Notes to editors

About Polis

  • Polis is the network of cities and regions working together to achieve more sustainable urban mobility. In Polis, decision makers are provided with the necessary information and tools for making sustainable mobility a reality. Within the Polis working groups and in the Polis Political Group – representing local politicians, they formulate recommendations to the European Institutions.
  • More information can be found on www.polisnetwork.eu.
  • For more information, please contact Dagmar Köhler, Polis Communication Manager, dkoehler@polisnetwork.eu.

About ACEA

  • ACEA represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Groupe PSA, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.
  • For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About EUCAR

  • EUCAR is the association for collaborative research and innovation of the 15 automobile manufacturers in Europe: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler AG, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Iveco, Opel Automobile GmbH, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. These manufacturers contribute to sustainable mobility and a competitive European industry, investing more than €50bn per year in research and development.
  • EUCAR is closely connected to ACEA.
  • More information can be found on www.eucar.be.
  • For more information contact EUCAR at +32 2 738 73 52 or eucar@eucar.be.

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