Category: Transport

TAG YOUR OWN BAG

Spanish airline Iberia has become the world´s first airline to offer the facility for passengers to download and print their own baggage tags from its website.
The MyBagTag service can be used on Iberia, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum flights on…

TRAINS PROGRESS SPEEDING UP

As the journey of the high speed train between Madrid and Alicante trundles on, not without the occasional problem, reports are still looking favourable for the service, which is reporting near 100% capacity on many days, even during the anticipated qu…

CORVERA AIRPORT OPEN BY EASTER?

The Murcia regional president, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, has announced with almost certainty that a new tender process will start this month for the running of the new Murcia Regional Airport at Corvera.
When asked if there are any companies…

COACH CRASH REOPENS SEAT BELT DEBATE

In light of this week´s tragic coach crash in Ávila, in which 9 people lost their lives, the worst bus crash in Spain in 5 years, the Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, is proposing enforcing a reduced speed on buses re…

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AVILA BUS DRIVER ARRESTED

According to the Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the driver who was at the wheel of the bus that crashed in Avila this morning in which nine people died, RGS, 54, has been arrested by the Guardia Civil and charged with reckless homicide.
He …

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ELCHE COUNCIL TO PAY 50,000 EUROS TO …

Central government has confirmed that the cost of renaming El Altet airport to Alicante-Elche Airport, will be 50,000 euros and that the ilicitanos must bear the cost of replacing the signage.
The announcement was made in a reply given by the Nationa…

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CHEAPER MOTOR FUEL ON SUMMER FRIDAYS

Despite filling stations already having been criticised for increasing the price of petrol and diesel on a Monday, the day that Europe monitors fuel prices across the network to compile their own figures, one chain of fuel providers is offering an ince…

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MORE TRANSPORT NEWS

May the 15th, 1933, was the day a commercial flight, with an 8 passenger and 2 crew carrying Fokker Trimotor plane, first touched down at what would become Madrid Barajas airport, over 80 years ago, having been officially opened in 1931 to serve the ae…

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IS IT THE AGE OF THE TRAINS?

As the new high speed train service between Madrid and Alicante is now firmly settled into the normal travel routine of the country, we can look back on the first two weeks of operations, following the launch which coincided with one of the biggest fie…

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OVERHAUL FOR VEHICLE TESTING STANDARDS

The package includes minimum standards for periodic roadworthiness tests.

Up to 2,000 people die in Europe every year due to vehicles that are unfit for the road, but this number could be significantly reduced under new rules to be voted on by EP next week.

The legislative package includes minimum standards for checking vehicle maintenance, a risk-based system for roadside inspections on commercial vehicles as well as rules on the registration of vehicles.

The transport committee rejected a Commission proposal to test cars more than six years old every year and instead spoke out in favour of maintaining the current test frequency of every two years for these cars. Committee members also want to introduce mandatory checks for family caravans every two years.

The package includes minimum standards for periodic roadworthiness tests. “It establishes a regime of periodic roadworthiness tests of vehicles on the basis of minimum standards to ensure a high level of road safety and environmental protection,” said Werner Kuhn, a German member of the EPP group who is responsible for steering the proposal for periodic testing through EP.

The committee also approved a risk rating system for conducting roadside inspections on commercial vehicles. Firms whose vehicles are shown to be in a bad state during inspections would be flagged up and be targeted for roadside checks.

These measures should make European roads much safer. “According to the European Commission the number of fatalities caused by technical defects should be reduced by as close as possible to 1,100 yearly,” said Olga Sehnalova, a Czech member of the S&D group who is responsible in the EP for the proposal regarding roadside inspections.

There will also be new rules for cancelling registrations or suspending registration certificates for vehicles that pose a risk to road safety. Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, who is guiding the proposal for registration documents through Parliament, pleaded in favour of more harmonisation.

The Estonian member of the ALDE group said: “We must have clear and consistent rules across Europe, especially when these vehicles get a new owner or are transferred to another member state.”

However the legislative package will need to be approved by Parliament as well as by the Council before it can enter into force.

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NORWEGIAN DREAMLINER VISITING SPAIN IN JULY

Norwegian airlines have taken delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on Monday, at a handover ceremony held at Oslo´s Gardermoen airport.
The aircraft id destined to operate on long haul routes to Bangkok and New York, but as a t…

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SUMMER ROAD CAMPAIGN STARTS THIS WEEKEND

It´s not often known for traffic authorities to praise the use of mobile phones, but for now, the DGT traffic department of Spain are doing just that, albeit not whilst you are driving.
In a press conference this week, the Minister for the Inter…

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