Geert Pauwels Wins 2020 European Railways Award

The 2020 European Railway Award was presented today (18 February) to Geert Pauwels, for successfully developing a strategy making rail freight a profitable business, thereby boosting the attractiveness of rail freight and encouraging a modal shift from road to rail. The Award was handed over to Pauwels by Libor Lochman, CER Executive Director, and Philippe Citroën,…

Impact of Longevity on Society and Transport

A new report launched today by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC), supported by LV= General Insurance, argues that advances in automated driving, electric vehicles and ridesharing could enable older people to maintain their social connections for longer. Since the widespread adoption of private cars in the second half of the twentieth century, driving has…

Etihad Ecoflight to Brussels

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday operated a special ‘eco-flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, featuring a range of initiatives designed to illustrate the airline’s broad commitment to sustainable practices in the air and on the ground. Flight EY 57, which arrived in Brussels at 7.00am, was operated with a…

Shooting Down Ukrainian Flight PS572: What Do We Need To Know?

Iran has undoubtedly left many impressed with their guilty plea over the missile hit that downed the Ukrainian passenger jet flight PS752. But there remains a certain feeling of unwholesomeness as if something is missing from the official reports, writes Max Uran. What if Tehran’s true intentions are not about opting for a worthy and…

Modernisation of Grupo Ruiz

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to finance the modernisation of Grupo Ruiz’s bus fleet by facilitating €27.5 million for the introduction of 173 safer, less polluting and more modern vehicles.  EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and Grupo Ruiz CEO Gregorio Ruiz signed the agreement in Madrid. The project is supported by the European Fund…

New Regulation for Car Safety

The EU’s revised General Safety Regulation will enter into force this week. The new rules require that, as of July 2022, all new vehicle models introduced on the European market are equipped with advanced safety features. These include technology to detect drivers’ drowsiness and distraction, improved impact zone to mitigate the risk of injury to pedestrians and…

Digitalisation of Transport of Goods

The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.  The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations. “We laid down the foundations…

EP Hearing for Adina-Ioana Valean

Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs have quizzed Adina-Ioana Vălean, candidate for the transport portfolio. The committee Chair and political groups’ coordinators will now assess the performance of the Commissioner-designate. The right to move freely is highly valued by EU citizens and transport makes this possible,  Vălean said during her speech. On the European Green Deal,…

Health, Nature and Climate Benefits of Reducing Ship Speeds

On the eve of the latest round of UN ship climate negotiations at the International Maritime Organisation in London, a new report published by Seas at Risk and Transport & Environment has highlighted how slower ship speeds would massively reduce the damage shipping is causing to human health, nature and the climate. The large positive…