24-hour #Speedmarathon starts at midnight tonight!
Police officers across Europe have begun their latest week-long speed enforcement operation, which runs for a week until Sunday 7 April. Included in the week’s activity is this year’s 24-hour ‘Speed Marathon’, starting at 0000 tonight.
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.
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
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.
Extensive employment law reforms commenced in March 2019
Summary of main changes
Criminal liability and personal liability of directors
What should employers do to prepare?
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.
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,”
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.
Select your date on the Driver CPC Course Calendar on your right
The European Professional Driver Association (EPDA) www.EPDA.ie recommends a number of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) Centres all around Ireland.
The showroom for excellence
Is the 30th April – 2nd May in your diary yet? With an entire industry under one roof, the 2019 CV Show is an event that should not be missed by those operating in the commercial vehicle sector. Located at the NEC, Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following our successful launches of the Volvo B11R/9900 and the Volvo B11R MCV at recent trade shows, we are to undertake a week-long journey around Ireland, to hopefully give you the chance to view and drive both vehicles.
I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to attend one of the following venues
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.