New ‘smart-surveillance’ cameras installed on Spain’s roads

NEW high-tech speed cameras are being rolled out across Spain to keep a closer watch on the country’s drivers.

As well as detecting if a seatbelt is being worn, the cameras will also be able to check cars’ ITV details as well as checking road safety.

The first of the new ‘smart-surveillance’ cameras has been installed on the motorway between Torre del Mar and Velez-Malaga.

guardia civil trafico
guardia civil trafico

 

Garda gets power to seize cars driven by disqualified motorists

Garda gets power to seize cars driven by disqualified motorists Minister to legislate for naming and shaming of disqualified drivers via public database Sat, Jan 7, 2017, 01:00 Peter Murtagh Together with the power to seize a vehicle, gardaí would also be given the power to arrest a disqualified driver caught driving, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien Together with the power to seize a vehicle, gardaí would also be given the power to arrest a disqualified driver caught driving, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
 The Garda has been given powers to seize vehicles driven by disqualified drivers, the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, has said.

He said also that he would be legislating to allow for the naming and shaming of disqualified drivers by means of a publicly accessible database identifying them and detailing the sentence of disqualification.

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Almost 8,000 multiple-ban drivers still behind wheel – RSA

Almost 8,000 multiple-ban drivers still behind wheel - RSA

There are almost 8,000 drivers on Ireland’s roads who have multiple concurrent disqualifications on their licences but continue to flout the law by driving.

That was the situation last August when research compiled by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) found that the licences of 7,651 drivers had multiple banning orders on them. The previous year, 1,767 disqualification notices were issued to drivers who were driving while banned.

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European Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

EU Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

The European Commission has published a list of 19 lifesaving safety technologies that could be made mandatory on new vehicles in the next update of EU vehicle safety rules expected next year.  The European Transport Safety Council welcomes the announcement but says several critical areas for action are missing, and the proposed timescale is far too long considering that most of the technologies are already available today.

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Eco-Vignette comes into force in Paris

ECO-VIGNETTE COMES INTO FORCE IN PARIS

We have news from the French Authorities about the new Eco-Vignette which comes in force on 15 January 2017.

Vehicles circulating in Paris will now have to carry a sticker depending on their energy efficiency and emission quantity.

This requirement WILL NOT APPLY TO TRUCKS as these cannot circulate in Paris, but it will  APPLY TO BUSES.  

The website where Eco-Vignettes can be purchased is not yet adapted for foreign number plates.

Autonomous Electric Minibus from Volkswagen

the Kombi autonomous electric minibus

Electric is the big focus for Volkswagen right now, as it gears up for a serious push into EVs beginning in 2020. This I.D. Buzz minibus shows us what we might be in for – including a modular, convertible cabin, augmented reality HUD, removable dash and speakers and laser-guided self driving.

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: recalls the old Type 2 Kombi's signature front V-lines(Credit: Volkswagen)
Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: recalls the old Type 2 Kombi’s signature front V-lines(Credit: Volkswagen)

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EPDA the End of Year Report

European Professional Drivers Association
European Professional Driver Association – EPDA the End of Year Report
2016 was a terrific year for the EPDA who represent the Professional Coach & HGV Drivers of Ireland. The executive committee met on seven occasions and worked selflessly on creating the ground work for professional driving culture on the island of Ireland. There are of course many challenges ahead and many issues to be addressed, however every journey starts with just one small step at a time. It is with a sense of pride that we list below our achievements in 2016:

Transport law changes, introduction and enforcement of infringements

It shall apply from 1 January 2017

It shall apply from 1 January 2017 – COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/403

Article 1

  1. This Regulation establishes a common list of categories, types and degrees of serious infringements of the Union rules in the commercial road transport, as laid down in Annex I to this Regulation, which, in addition to those set out in Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009, may lead to the loss of good repute of a road transport operator.
  2. This Regulation provides for the maximum frequency of occurrence beyond which repeated serious infringements shall be regarded as more serious, by taking into account the number of drivers used for the transport activities managed by the transport manager, as laid down in Annex II.
  3. Member States shall take into account information on the serious infringements referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 when carrying out the national administrative procedure on assessing good repute. Article 2 Annex III to Directive 2006/22/EC is amended as set out in Annex III to this Regulation.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from 1 January 2017.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in Member States.

Done at Brussels, 18 March 2016.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER

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Next year, the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/403 is coming in place and the Authority has to implement it, it will affect all transport companies.

Let’s call it the “Death Penalty List”

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