The cost of sitting in traffic is more than just time. It’s also hopelessly inefficient, pumping thousands of tons of CO2 into the air while drivers just sit there, engine idling and blood boiling. Ford has teamed up with the City of London to cut pollution caused by commercial vehicles in traffic, with a fleet of plug-in hybrid vans to tackle short-hop deliveries.
Many of today’s higher-end cars come with systems that alert the driver if they’re engaging in unsafe driving practises. However, what about those of us who have older or less pricey vehicles? Well, Spain’s University of Alcalá has developed a smartphone app that reportedly serves much the same purpose.
DKV Euro Service, prominent service provider in the transport and logistics area, has extended its Irish service network so far consisting of 75 acceptance points, to over 225 acceptance points. To realise this, DKV concluded an agreement with Topaz Energy Limited (Topaz), which in 2015 also acquired ownership of ESSO Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Distractions while driving are one of the central causes of accidents on the road, and it’s getting worse with the increased use of smartphones and other electronic devices in the car.
A road-safety study by insurance company Allianz reveals that distractions double the risk of an accident.
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.
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.
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.
Road Safety Authority plans campaign after rise in number of road deaths in 2016
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will introduce a new campaign later this year to encourage employers to have a zero-tolerance policy on staff using mobile phones while driving.
It shall apply from 1 January 2017 – COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/403
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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”
A year ago he had stopped at a red light and let a woman get off the vehicle. She was injured. Now the bus driver has been convicted of negligent bodily harm.
A German District Court sentenced the bus driver to a fine of 1.800 euros. He also received six months’ long driving ban.