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May 22, 2020
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As Europe starts to come out of lockdown, access regulations that were suspended, such as congestion charges and low emission zones, are re-starting.
In the hard phase of lockdown, traffic levels – and pollution – dropped significantly, and authorities suspended access regulations in a number of cities to help essential workers travel safely to work.
Now people are starting to travel again, traffic is increasing. Social distancing makes public transport currently a more difficult option. Many cities have increased the space for cycling and walking – e.g. London, Gent and Barcelona.
The road user charging schemes in London are back in place. They were suspended for almost two months due to Corona, but are back in operation since May 18. Read our articles to find out more: Repurposing London’s streets post-lockdown; Gradual safe return on the Square Mile’s streets.
Authorities suspended fines during the crisis between March and May 18, 2020. Thet have reinstated regulations since then. The City of Gent has decided that previously purchased LEZ permits for 1 year, 4 months or 1 month are automatically extended for the period that the amended rules were in force.
Work has started to adapt city streets so that journeys on foot, on public transport and by bicycle are safer and more sustainable, using the lockdown exit as a starting point. Initial measures include priority for pedestrians, the segregation of bus lanes and the creation of a new bike corridors.
From March 14 until May 11, Antwerp suspended collecting fines for the LEZ due to COVID-19. Authorities started collecting fines again on May 11, 2020. The City of Antwerp has decided that previously purchased LEZ permits for 1 year, 4 months or 1 month are automatically extended for the period that the amended rules were in force.
Until May 31, 2020 , all area B and area C regulations are suspended. The Infopoint Area B and Area C of Piazza Duomo at Duomo M1-M3 will remain closed until further indications.