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About two thirds of the EU member states are using toll systems for financing the construction and maintenance of highways. National governments monitor the rates being charged; and this functions quite satisfactorily. There is no reason for the EU to intervene, except insisting on strict non-discrimination between road users from different member states. This seems… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For years Bavarian politicians have been pushing for highway user fees for non-German cars. Now they may have come closer their goal. On 7 July, the German transport minister (CSU) has presented his plans, which should be turned into legislation before the beginning of 2016. They foresee the introduction of mandatory vignettes for passenger cars… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

When talking about climate change we usually think of electricity, passenger cars, airplanes, but hardly ever of heavy-duty trucks. That is a mistake, for heavy-duty trucks account for a substantial share of C02 emissions from the transport sector, which is second among the key emitters after electricity. So far only Japan has introduced heavy-duty truck… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In 2013 the London Subway, with 402 km the second longest subway system on earth after Shanghai, celebrated its 150th anniversary without being widely celebrated as a ground-breaking engineering event Today, mass transit systems like subways have become indispensable for urban passenger transport. Their numbers have risen continuously since 1863, from Istanbul to Paris, Berlin,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Hundreds of thousands Brazilian citizens have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against high public transport fares, publicly financed football stadiums, inadequate investments in education and health and, last not least, rampant corruption. High transport fares have been the detonator of these unprecedented demonstrations in one of the most successful emerging countries;… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After many months of discussion, negotiators of Council, Parliament and Commission agreed to a compromise on June 24, to make stricter C02 car emission standards (95 g/km) mandatory by 2020.The finalisation of this compromise under the Irish presidency was considered a formality. But this turned out to be illusory. Under high-level pressure from Germany, the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The year 2012 is likely to constitute a turn-around for the European automotive market: producers will have to confront a 7 percent fall in sales. This decline is a continuation of the gentle downward trend that has started in 2009. Aggravated by the economic crisis that has gripped Europe, it is likely to become a… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein