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.

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

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.

Read moreReport on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

Just 60 trucks allowed to cross the Irish border after Brexit

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According to a representative of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Seamus Leheny, said that many trucks coming from Northern Ireland will not be able to travel into the Republic after Brexit?

Currently, 13,000 trucks cross the border from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland every day but according to some in the industry and as reported on in the Belfast Telegraph, only 60 lorries will be allowed to cross if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Seamus Leheny said:

“It’s to stop the European market being flooded by hauliers from other countries who could possibly do it cheaper and undermine the internal market,”

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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.

Read moreUK Border crossings – Secure your vehicle to help stop illegal immigration

First TIR truck trip between China and Europe, 50 percent cheaper than air transport and 30 to 50 percent faster than train transport

First TIR truck trip between China and Europe

A truck from the Dutch transport company Alblas took 13 days to cover the 7000 kilometer stretch between the Chinese border with Kazakhstan and Poland

For the first time, a truck has connected China with Europe in a continuous overland journey under the conditions of the Carnet TIR procedure.

Read moreFirst TIR truck trip between China and Europe, 50 percent cheaper than air transport and 30 to 50 percent faster than train transport

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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Near to 410 000 units of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ sold in 2018

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 409,300 vehicles to customers worldwide from January until the end of October, a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the same period in 2017. This is primarily due to temporary delivery delays caused by the WLTP certifications in Europe, but also to the persistently volatile market situations in Turkey and Mexico.

Read moreNear to 410 000 units of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ sold in 2018

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

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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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