A half-day event co-organised by Transport & Environment, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) & Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
An Australian village has created an interesting way of drawing attention to the dangers of speed on the roads.
Makers of heavy-duty construction equipment, diesel locomotives and other non-road mobile machinery should be granted an extra three years to
comply with pollution standards agreed in 2004, according to the European Parliament’s environment committee. Sustainable transport campaign group Transport
& Environment says the move undermines the credibility of European air quality laws.
Paris is set to become Europe’s first city to test a complete ban on high-consumption vehicles entering the city centre. The test continues a trend aimed at improving urban air quality by limiting vehicle’s access to urban centres, but the EU’s environment commissioner insists there will be no review of the national pollutant emissions ‘ceilings’ until 2013 at the earliest.
T&E is working to oppose a watering down of EU rules aimed at reducing emissions from trains and other non-road mobile machinery like construction machines.
Negotiations on opening up national railway networks to European competition have hit an unexpected setback. EU transport ministers registered opposition to a proposal contained in the revised EU rail package to offer ‘noise bonuses’ for quieter wagons.
The Commission has launched its road safety programme for 2011-20, with a commitment to halve road deaths. The programme also contains the first official suggestion that the EU should consider obligatory speed limiters for vans, something T&E has been calling for.
The city of Zürich has updated its planning law to remove the obligation for builders of flats to provide car parking spaces.
The future of the D1 motorway through Slovakia has been put in doubt after the cancellation of a public-private partnership to provide €9 billion that was central to funding the road.
It was called the world’s longest-lasting traffic jam. For nearly four weeks, lorries and cars queued bumper-to-bumper in China’s Hebei province, stretching for more than 100 kilometres.