Case Studies
Annika Feychting, Magnus Jacobsson, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Dave Ryan at J&W Civils Stockholm
Stockholm Real Estate and Traffic Administration, (Sweden)
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Submitted by
Peter Midgley
Related theme(s)
Urban Mobility, Environment & Climate Change
Europe (EU)

Environmental Zones in Europe

This report looks at Environmental Zones, i.e. ways to restrict traffic for some types of vehicles in specific areas in Europe. In Sweden, we use the term Environmental Zone. Other European countries sometimes use Low Emission Zone (LEZ) or Clear Zone.

Part 1 deals with five different methods to increase compliance withregulations relating to environmental zones in five different cities. The methods were studied and discussed in the context of how suitable they would be for Stockholm.

The different types of environmental zones described in the study:
– Prohibited zone with demands on the age of the vehicle combined with a weight limit
– Prohibited zone with demands on utilization of loading capacity for vehicles with a weight
over a special limit
– Prohibited zone for vehicles with a weight (or length) over a special limit
– Reduced accessibility for traffic
– Access control to defined area during a special time of the day

The purpose of Part2 of this study was to collect information and evaluate methods used in other European cities, to increase compliance with regulations relating to environmental zones. Special attention has been given to methods aiming at better information to users, and alternative penalty systems those breaking the regulations. The survey included around 30 cities, and 16 of those are included in the study: Copenhagen, Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark, Athens, Greece, London City, United Kingdom, London Camden, United Kingdom, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Naples, Italy, Bologna, Italy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Düsseldorf, Germany, Prague, The Czech Republic, Suceava, Rumania, Barcelona, Spain, and Ghent, Belgium

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