Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs)
Cities are taking action for clean air, more space for walking and cycling, less congestion etc.. Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (or UVARs), which regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure, constitute a powerful tool in that sense. Nevertheless, their implementation does not come without challenges, as limiting access to an area of the city for specific vehicles or users can create confusion among citizens and sparkle criticism among business owners. For this reason, a thorough process of dialogue between all relevant stakeholders is necessary to ensure that UVARs are successful in achieving their goals.
POLIS facilitates the exchange between its members on the challenges and opportunities related with the implementation of UVARs. The topic is discussed mainly within the Working Group on Access.
POLIS plays a major role in facilitating the dialogue between industry stakeholders, local and regional authorities and the EU institutions on access regulations. In early 2018, POLIS organised and hosted workshop on UVARs in partnership with European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) and European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR). The event gathered some 50 stakeholders involved in urban mobility, including representatives of the European Commission, motorists, shippers and retailers. POLIS is partner in the Horizon2020 project ReVEAL (Regulating Vehicle Access for Improved Liveability), looking into future options for Access Regulations. ReVeAL aims to undertake concrete action with regards to 'smarter Urban Vehicle Access Regulations' (UVAR).