Emmendingen, 9th December 2014. The CLARS Platform, run by Sadler Consultants Ltd on behalf of the European Commission, has announced the launch of a unique website supporting those that need to drive into European town and cities. The website gives haulage and travel companies, as well as tourists and ordinary drivers, all the information they require on all Urban Access Regulations, in one place, on one click, in multiple languages.
Many cities have Urban Access Regulation Schemes (ARS) as part of measures to reduce congestion, air pollution and noise. This might be by a congestion charge, a Low Emission Zone where cleaner vehicles can enter or by limiting the times different types of vehicles can enter. However, those who need to bring goods, services and people into the city by vehicle need to know how to gain access. Coach operators need to know where they can bring tourists, those delivering goods need to know when, or with what vehicle, they can deliver.
www.urbanaccessregulations.eu is the solution vehicle operators have long called for and the only resource of its kind. It gives all the information that vehicle operators need in one place. Questions like: Where are these zones? Can our vehicles drive into them? Do I have to register before I drive in, if so where? How much does it cost? All these details and more are answered in a user-friendly, regularly updated website with 1 click from the homepage.
Now for the first time, information on the main access regulations in Europe's towns and cities are collected together in a clear and comprehensive way, as well as in your language. For example the Rome ZTL, the London Lorry Control Scheme or Budapest's protected and restricted zones, and many more. www.urbanaccessregulations.eu provides details of the 268 Low Emission Zones in Europe and the 14 urban road charging schemes. Now it also gives full information on 42 major access regulation schemes, and will provide details of more schemes in the coming months. Now details of 8000 towns and cities with access, weight, height, width or length restrictions, are now available on on fully interactive GIS maps.
Only www.urbanaccessregulations.eu will tell you where you have to register or get a sticker or permit, who is exempt, the emissions standards you need to meet, how the scheme will change in the future, where and how to pay, for all schemes in Europe.
Need information on the move? www.urbanaccessregulations.eu is optimised to work well for smartphones and tablets, as accessible as you would expect from an app, to make information easily available on the move.
CLARS also provides support to towns and cities in operating Access Regulation Schemes, with a free members platform for public authorities. This platform helps support authorities operating urban access regulations, by best practice, sharing experience and knowledge.
Lucy Sadler says “It is important to us that users can rely on the information we provide, so it is constantly checked and updated. It is also important to us that the website is user-friendly, so information is given within 1 click from our homepage. We provide an interactive GIS map so the cities of interest are easily found, we also have a quick guide look-up table providing an overview of the schemes on our homepage so that visitors can immediately get the information they need.”
Notes to editors:
Low Emission Zones where access is regulated by vehicle emissions. Vehicles entering the zone must meet the emissions standards given.
Our website gives all the information you need on all current or confirmed future LEZs. Search using our country menu, Quick Guide, overview, map or search using the table of all schemes below.
Urban Road Charging where access is regulated by payment. Vehicles are allowed in, but need to pay a charge to enter the city area (except Milan; Area C is both a LEZ and charge).
Major Access Regulation Schemes (key-ARS) where access is regulated by other methods. For example where access is allowed at certain times of the day or only permits are needed and granted for certain types of vehicles (see the overview on our website).
These schemes are also known as Traffic Restrictions, Access Control Schemes, Permit Schemes or in Italy ZTLs. We also call them key-ARS, as they are the largest, main ARS in Europe.
We do not generally include pedestrian areas or parking schemes, except some very large schemes. We also do not (yet) include all key-ARS, but those for larger cities. If a city does not have a key-ARS, it may have a physical ARS, that can be found via the Quick Guide or homepage table.
Physical Regulations (p-ARS) where access regulated by vehicle type, weight, height, width, length or weight by axle. Cities with schemes can be found via our Quick Guides. Details are shown on the map when zoomed into the city or town of interest, for which free registration is needed either directly or with facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn (see Login button, top right on the header).