|GP: Enforcement of access restrictions in Krakow - Poland|
Only on-street enforcement made by city guards and police officers is not enough to prevent car users to enter restricted zones illegally. In the project new solutions in with use of a electronic-based system of vehicle identification will be tested. The electronic access control will be demonstrated at one important gate to the city centre.
Objectives / Innovative Aspects
The measure concerns the improving of the access control into the B-Zone in the city centre, the implementing of an electronic vehicle identification system, the decreasing of the amount of cars entering the restricted area without permission, the eliminating of traffic passing the old centre city and the improving of the environmental conditions. Innovative is the usage of the electronic identification system and the permanent enforcement of illegal moves of cars without permission.
The B-Zone is a restricted traffic zone in which access is allowed only for inhabitants and goods deliverers. The only control of illegal parking or entries is provided on-street by city guards. This is not sufficient enough to enforce access control due to the fact that the permission to enter the zones is shown on a special ticket behind the windscreen which can be hardly seen without stopping the car. In the city centre of Krakow, there are 3 zones currently operating (A-Zone only for pedestrians and cyclists, B-Zone with restricted traffic (inhabitants and deliverers), C-Zone with parking fees (in operation between 10 am and 6 pm)). The aim of the measure is to demonstrate the electronic access control at one important gate to the city centre. The system shall help to reduce the transit traffic through the gate by 70%. Initial usage of the system should concentrate on the operational specifications, even without real enforcement. In case of success the system should be spread toward all gates to the B-Zone. There also will be research and technological development activities conducted concerning design, analysis and effective evaluation of the electronic identification system.
The realisation of a design study of the electronic identification system in Krakow is based on existing experiences from Genoa. Main activity till that stage was to contact people responsible in Genoa for the electronic identification system. A technical on-site visit was made by people from Krakow.
Among the expected results there are the decrease of about 70% transit traffic through the implemented gate, the decrease of about 20% transit traffic through the old city centre, the improvement of traffic conditions for public transport vehicles and the lowering of the costs of running the control system by 5%. For local police officers and for others involved in applying the integrated access control strategy and the electronic access control system in Krakow there will be training workshops held.
The above project is part of the CIVITAS-CARAVEL initiative.