The number of alcohol and drug offences among truck and coach drivers has doubled since 2018 across Europe

From 19 to 24 February, a Europe-wide TISPOL enforcement operation focusing on trucks and buses took place. The safety of commercial goods and passenger transport was central to the operation, which involved coordinated police controls in 29 participating  countries.

According to the latest results from 20 countries, 103,515 trucks and 18,047 buses were checked.

More than 33,000 violations were found (trucks: 30,014, buses: 3,371)

There were 2,092 occasions where a vehicle was prohibited from travelling any further due to its dangerous condition (2,046 trucks and 46 buses).

On average, violations or faults were found in 29% of trucks and 18% of buses.

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Europan Transport Operators ‘Hurry up with that Mobility Package!’

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Eight European transport organizations want the European Parliament to finally decide on essential parts of the Mobility Package. This must be done before the European elections in May.

The letter to the European Parliament was signed by Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL – Germany), Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR – France), Nordic Logistic Association (NLA – Scandinavia), SKAL (Finnish Transport and Logistics – Finland), ALT (Finnish Employers’ Federation of Road Transport – Finland), Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies (SÅ – Sweden), Norwegian Road Transport Association (NLF – Norway) and Danish Transport and Logistics (DTL – Denmark.)

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Major names are confirmed for Coach & Bus UK 2019

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Coach & Bus UK 2019, the largest domestic trade show of its kind dedicated to the coach, bus and mini-vehicle sector, will return to the NEC Birmingham on 2-3 October.

Following the success of 2017, which was dubbed “a tremendous showcase” by Giles Fearnley, First UK Bus MD, and a “phenomenal success” by Steve O’Neill, Director of Irizar UK, space for stands is already limited with just 15% remaining and seven months until the doors open.

What to expect

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Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new cars in Europe within three years

mandatory fitting of ISA was approved

The European Parliament has agreed that all new cars will be fitted with speed limiters. The move is part of a series of measures backed by MEPs  to make a variety of safety systems compulsory. The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems will use road sign recognition or GPS data to determine local speed limits and limit a vehicle’s speed to within that.

The mandatory fitting of ISA was approved by MEPs following proposals by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  ETSC says that making speed limiters mandatory will reduce traffic collisions by 30 per cent and could save 25,000 lives within 15 years of being introduced.

Under the proposal, all new cars sold from 2022 will be required to have ISA.

Report on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

Reducing Speeding in Europe

Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to new research published yesterday by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). The findings come ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament on Thursday on the future mandatory in-vehicle safety technologies.

Some of the countries with the best safety records in Europe have lower standard speed limits on rural roads, including Sweden at 70km/h with 27 deaths per million inhabitants. Norway (26), Switzerland (26), Denmark (37) and the Netherlands (37) all set the limit at 80km/h.

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European drivers may be wary of cars that stop them from speeding

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Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some semi-autonomous features in new cars, such as intelligent speed assistance. And the auto industry is worried about driver backlash.

In the 1970s, as the technology to automate vehicle transmission started being deployed on a wide scale in the United States, Europeans said no thank you.

Forty years later, that reticence to give up control over shifting gears has remained in Europe, where automatic cars make up only 20% of vehicles on the road today. Contrast that to the US, where 96% of vehicles are automatic.

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MEPs adopt revised rules for road haulage operations in another EU country

EU Parliament
EU Parliament

New provisions to tackle letterbox companies, improve enforcement of cabotage rules and prevent fraud in road transport were adopted by the Transport Committee on Thursday 10 Jan 2019.

MEPs want companies to be entitled to make deliveries within another EU country for three days after a cross-border delivery to improve enforceability and help avoid “empty runs” of trucks. Current legislation allows for three operations within seven days.

To prevent systemic cabotage, after this period, trucks will not be permitted to carry out new cabotage operations in the same country within two and a half days after they return to their country of establishment.

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UK Border crossings – Secure your vehicle to help stop illegal immigration

UK Ferry Port
UK Ferry Port

How road transport companies and their drivers must secure their vehicles to stop people using them to enter the UK illegally and to avoid being fined.

In the UK, a vehicle driver, owner or hirer can be fined up to £2000 for every ‘clandestine entrant’, a person who hides in or on a vehicle to avoid UK border control, who tries to enter the UK.

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EU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers.

EU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers

The EU has taken a step forward on the road to uniform social standards for professional drivers. Europe’s transport ministers agreed to recognize the principle of “equal pay for equal work in the same place”, and improved controls and the maintenance of existing cabotage regulations. In addition, regular weekly rest periods will require of the professional drivers to spend outside the cab.

Read moreEU Transport ministers agree on social standards for professional truck and bus/coach drivers.

Mercedes-Benz New Sprinter City 75

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz decided to maintain the well-known names for this new sprinter-series. It starts with the Sprinter City and will be followed soon by the Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Mobility and Sprinter Travel. The names stand for operations in line service, as a versatile shuttle bus, for transport of passengers with limited mobility, and for tourist transport.

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Road Transport – Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan

Government’s Climate Action Plan

Seven projects receive €77m under Government’s Climate Action Plan, and including the 4 projects for the Road Transport.

A renewable gas facility, an eCars charging network, LED street lanterns and 1000 commercial vehicles with an installed telematic system are among seven projects being funded in the first round of the Government’s Climate Action Fund.

Shortly after the Irish Government admitted that we had no hope of reaching our carbon emission reduction targets for 2020, it has now revealed its plans to at least reduce this significantly in the decades that come afterward.

This morning (28 November), An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, TD, announced that seven projects are to receive €77m under the first round of the Government’s new Climate Action Fund, developed as part of Project Ireland 2040.

Last May, the fund was signed off to provide at least €500m to support initiatives that could make major steps to reducing Ireland’s carbon footprint in the world. Under this first round, almost 100 applications were received, with the seven selected projects expected to leverage €300m as a result.

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CTTC Coach & Bus Show 2018 – Bigger, Busier and Better!

Coach Tourism & Transport Council

RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Saturday & Sunday 17 & 18 November

A bigger and better event is on offer to visitors at the forthcoming Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) Coach & Bus Show 2018. Sponsored by Campion Insurance, the biennial exhibition is a multi-faceted event, showcasing the latest technology in vehicles and services, the staging of the Irish Coach Driver of the Year Competition and is a platform for a series of seminars on topical and current issues pertaining to today’s bus and coach industry. The highlight of the social aspect to the whole occasion is the Gala Dinner held on Saturday night at the Ballsbridge Hotel.

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Solutions for city-, countryside- and long-distance travel

Lion's Coach
Lion’s Coach

Coaches

The MAN coach family stands for outstanding technology and award-winning design, which certainly makes traveling a very comfortable experience.

MAN coaches − powerful comfort at an attractive price 

 

MAN Lions Intercity Ueberland
MAN Lions Intercity Ueberland

Interurban coaches

MAN interurban coaches provide powerful driving dynamics and an impressively cheerful interior − ideal for weekend trips, as well as long-distance journeys.

Interurban coaches − forceful dynamics for sustained best performance 

 

Lions City 2018
Lions City 2018

City buses

The new MAN Lion’s City was developed hand in hand with our customers and offers maximum economic efficiency as well as an all-round attractive package thanks to its numerous innovations inside and out: The newly developed city bus comes in a fresh design which not only gives it an attractive appearance but is also state-of-the-art in terms of economy, engine technology, driver’s workplace and safety.

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EU fuel labelling: clearer information for consumers and operators

EU fuel labelling
EU fuel labelling

Today (October 15th), a new harmonized set of fuel labels will appear across Europe. They will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU, helping them avoid misfuelling and informing on the environmental impact of their choice.

Alternative fuels can help reduce Europe’s air quality problems, much of which is caused by transport emissions. However, the growing diversity of fuels available on the European market means that drivers, businesses and fuel station operators need clearer information on fuels sold at filling stations  From now on, when customers arrive at a public filling station of any Member State, they will notice new EU-wide harmonized fuel symbols on fuel dispensers and fuel nozzles. The same harmonized, easy-to-read, clear and simple labels will also be compulsory for newly produced vehicles and will be shown on the fuel-filler caps. These new labels do not replace existing names and brands of fuels, nor quality, safety, and performance recommendations. The labels are based on industry standards and have been developed by European standardization bodies with the participation of industry, consumer and civil society representatives.

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World Professional Driver Championships 2018

Team Ireland at the World Professional Driver Championships 2018

The World Professional Driver Championships 2018, held in Ghent, Belgium from September 27th to 30th September 2018 and Ireland’s professional drivers have taken on the best in the world.

For the first time, Ireland was represented by a team of five who compete against twenty-two other countries. The competition tests the knowledge as well as the driving skills of the drivers. An Eco driving section is also being contested for in their C+E section by Team Ireland.
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Dismissal of “Moonlighting” LUAS Driver Deemed Fair by WRC

Luas
Luas

A tram driver has lost an unfair dismissal claim against Transdev, the operator of the LUAS tram network following an investigation into his activity outside work. Transdev used the services of a private investigator to confirm that the aggrieved employee had been driving a taxi licensed to his wife.

Read moreDismissal of “Moonlighting” LUAS Driver Deemed Fair by WRC

A police crackdown on drivers with defective eyesight has been launched.

Drivers Eyesight

Every motorist stopped by officers from three forces in September will be required to read a number plate from 20m away.

Anyone who fails will have their driving licence immediately revoked.

Data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

The initiative is being run by forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands, and is supported by road safety charity Brake and optician firm Vision Express.

Read moreA police crackdown on drivers with defective eyesight has been launched.