Position paper – Urban vehicle access regulations

How to make European cities more liveable is an ongoing debate at EU level. Meeting environmental and space-efficiency targets are key objectives for cities. Here, the role of motorised individual mobility in cities is at the heart of the discussion, and the number of urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) and low- and zero-emission zones in Europe continues to increase.

The members of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) are driving the ramp-up of clean mobility by offering a wide range of attractive vehicles, technologies and services; tailored for different uses, circumstances, and consumer preferences.

ACEA members understand that UVARs can be a useful tool, amongst others, to reach the environmental goals of cities and to accelerate the market deployment of electrified vehicles / low-noise solutions, if implemented appropriately that is.

To ensure broad public acceptance and a proper balance between mobility needs and environmental goals, the aspects set out in this position paper should be considered when discussing UVARs.

Indeed, each UVAR scheme should be assessed on a case‐by‐case basis, to ensure it is effective, acceptable and embedded in a holistic urban mobility plan. The social, environmental and economic impact and consequences of each UVAR scheme needs to be carefully evaluated before confirming its suitability.

Each UVAR scheme should be assessed on a case‐by‐case basis, to ensure it is effective, acceptable and embedded in a holistic urban mobility plan.

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