Car drivers – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 17:07:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T160153.519.png Car drivers – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ 32 32 Car tax: Manchester Clean Air Zone is a ‘tax on workers’ as drivers slam changes https://taxis4smartcities.org/car-tax-manchester-clean-air-zone-is-a-tax-on-workers-as-drivers-slam-changes/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 16:44:44 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/car-tax-manchester-clean-air-zone-is-a-tax-on-workers-as-drivers-slam-changes/ Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is set to launch on May 30, 2022, despite intense backlash from drivers and residents. The zone, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the UK, has sparked fierce debate over whether the charge for non-compliant vehicles is too high. Greater Manchester authorities and Mayor […]]]>

Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is set to launch on May 30, 2022, despite intense backlash from drivers and residents. The zone, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the UK, has sparked fierce debate over whether the charge for non-compliant vehicles is too high.

Greater Manchester authorities and Mayor Andy Burnham have called on central government to cut funding to upgrade vehicles to cleaner models.

Many operators have been unable to access new vehicles due to shortages and record prices in the used car market.

Global semiconductor shortages have led to massive delays in manufacturing new vehicles, especially with new electric cars and vans.

Manchester CAZ were to charge non-compliant coaches and heavy goods vehicles will be charged £60 to enter the zone.

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“I ask him to take the time for a debate so that this House can tell the Mayor of Greater Manchester and all Labor politicians, including the Labor leader of Bury Council, that this plan is not acceptable.

“Parliament’s voice must be heard and my constituents must not be penalized in this way.

Greater Manchester had secured £120million in government funding to help fleets switch to cleaner, compliant vehicles.

Around £87.9m had been earmarked for its Clean Commercial Fund to upgrade vans, HGVs, coaches and minibuses.

The rest of the funding was earmarked for the Clean Taxi Fund for owners, drivers and operators of GM-licensed taxis and private rental cars.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg responded to Mr Daly, saying: ‘The Labor plan is basically a tax on jobs, a tax on workers and an attack on the motorist.

“The Labor Party hates the motorist because the socialist doesn’t like the independence that the motorcar brings to people. Again and again the Labor Party wants to attack the motorist.

“The Labor plan, Mr Burnham’s plan, the socialist plan, the left-wing plan for a tax on workers in Greater Manchester is something he is right to campaign against.”

The CAZ plans have since been referred to the government, with Andy Burnham saying the area should be ‘fair for everyone’.

Other cities in the UK have already launched their own emissions zones, including Bath last March, Birmingham in June and Portsmouth in November.

London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone was also expanded last year to encompass most of the capital in a bid to further reduce pollution levels.

It is expected to be England’s largest CAZ, covering 10 Greater Manchester local authority areas (Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan and the cities of Manchester and Salford).

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“Stop, Let Them Cross” – CBS New York https://taxis4smartcities.org/stop-let-them-cross-cbs-new-york/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:05:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/stop-let-them-cross-cbs-new-york/ NEW YORK (CBS New York) —Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday presented his plan for safer streets in New York City. He announced what he called the “Stop, Let Them Cross” initiative, which includes a new rule for drivers and cyclists in the city. READ MORE: Timeline: Snow is expected to blanket the Tri-State area Thursday […]]]>

NEW YORK (CBS New York) —Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday presented his plan for safer streets in New York City.

He announced what he called the “Stop, Let Them Cross” initiative, which includes a new rule for drivers and cyclists in the city.

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“Drivers and cyclists must come to a complete stop at intersections, even if there are no four-way stop signs, whenever there is a crosswalk or around the corner on point to cross,” Adams said.

He said the NYPD will step up traffic enforcement, especially when people don’t yield to pedestrians.

“It doesn’t mean slowing down and navigating your car between people walking in the crosswalk. That means stopping until the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians and then continuing,’ Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell added. “If our officers see a vehicle failing to stop while pedestrians are crossing in front of them, that’s where enforcement comes in.”

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The city plans to launch a campaign for drivers in several languages, as well as in schools.

“We’re going to meet with the chancellor and the DOT and find really friendly ways to educate our kids on how to get around the streets,” Adams said. “A class trip shouldn’t just get to where it’s going, it should involve stopping at corners, talking to our young people, letting them get involved in a real way.”

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The mayor also said his administration would “reinvent” 1,000 intersections, raising crosswalks and improving traffic lights.

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‘Your life could be over’: RI soldiers in danger as more drivers crash into cruisers https://taxis4smartcities.org/your-life-could-be-over-ri-soldiers-in-danger-as-more-drivers-crash-into-cruisers/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:04:45 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/your-life-could-be-over-ri-soldiers-in-danger-as-more-drivers-crash-into-cruisers/ SCITUATE, RI (WPRI) – Rhode Island State Police Cpl. Daniel O’Neill was sitting in his cruiser writing a ticket last February when a Jeep Cherokee hit his vehicle so hard it went over the cruiser’s hood. “I ended up breaking five ribs and was out of work for six months,” O’Neill said. “I’ve been hit […]]]>

SCITUATE, RI (WPRI) – Rhode Island State Police Cpl. Daniel O’Neill was sitting in his cruiser writing a ticket last February when a Jeep Cherokee hit his vehicle so hard it went over the cruiser’s hood.

“I ended up breaking five ribs and was out of work for six months,” O’Neill said. “I’ve been hit before and thought it would be fine, but this was the worst.”

The crash was the fourth time O’Neill had been hit while stopped on the side of the road in his 17 years on the job. The driver who ran him over in February was seriously injured and now faces drunk driving charges.

O’Neill said these scenarios are even more frightening when soldiers are outside of their vehicles.

“When a car is passing you at 70, 80 miles an hour, it’s a unique feeling because if you move six or seven inches to the left, your life could be over,” O’Neill said. “All we ask is that people give us space to work and protect you because we want to go home to our families.”

Motorists hitting cruisers are a growing problem in Rhode Island, according to state police data. There were 19 cruisers hit in 2021, up from 12 the previous year, a figure that includes accidents where the cruiser is stationary or in motion.

Cruisers hit while curbside with their headlights on are also up, from four in 2019 to seven in 2020 and nine in 2021.

State Police Col. James Manni said the increase in cruiser crashes isn’t unique to Rhode Island freeways, and he recently discussed the topic during a meeting with his Massachusetts and New York counterparts. Connecticut. He said the problem had several causes, including more cars on the road and an increase in distracted or drunk driving.

“Early on, when I was a brand new soldier, a senior soldier told me, ‘Don’t worry so much about guns – worry so much about traffic,'” he said. soldier was so right.”

Data shows that drunk driving arrests by state troopers have increased significantly, which Manni attributes to both more drunk motorists on the road and to stronger enforcement of the law. (He launched a special unit to fight drunk driving just over two years ago.)

After charging 415 people with operating under the influence in 2019, state troopers charged 603 people in 2020 and 953 in 2021, more than doubling in two years.

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Manni said the agency is also focusing on Rhode Island’s “moving law,” which requires motorists to move into the high-speed lane if there’s an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. . A violation of the law comes with a $95 bill.

“We are asking all Rhode Islanders and anyone traveling across the state to please when you see an emergency vehicle – whether it is a police cruiser of state, a DOT vehicle, a fire apparatus or a tow truck – move around and change lanes,” Manni said. “It’s the law but we also ask you to .”

Enforcement increased, the data showed, with state troopers issuing 33 “moving” violations in the first 10 days of January. This is already more than the average of 28 tickets per month issued by soldiers in previous years.

The Boneyard

Behind the State Police Headquarters in Scituate is a secure fenced lot that has been dubbed “The Ossuary.” It is littered with the skeletons of wrecked cruisers that have been hit by motorists in recent years. Manni said soldiers — like O’Neill — were seriously injured in those crashes.

“The potential is there for these soldiers to be killed,” Manni said. “That’s one of the things that really worries me and sometimes keeps me awake at night.”

The last Rhode Island State Trooper to die in the line of duty was Sgt. Walter Burgess, killed in an accident in November 1959 at age 25.

In October, a New Hampshire State Trooper, Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill, was killed when his cruiser was hit by a tractor-trailer while on the side of the road. Manni was at a New England State Police conference in Maine when news of Sherrill’s death broke.

“It was like you were sucking the air in the room when that message came out,” he said.

In addition to educating the public about the changing law and strengthening law enforcement, changes could be made to the state police fleet of vehicles.

“We have red lights on our vehicles, and traffic studies have shown that red lights come on better during the day and blue lights better at night,” Manni said. “We are very seriously considering changing the back of the lights from red and amber to adding blue lights somewhere in this setup.”

More immediately, cruisers are getting what Manni described as an “enhanced reflective strip” on the rear of the vehicles.

The most recent crash came just three days after Christmas when a cruiser was hit on I-95 in Warwick. The patrol car was stopped on the side of the road with its headlights on after performing a motor vehicle stop. The soldier – who was seriously injured and is still out of work – was part of the drunk driving unit which was launched in 2019, and the driver who hit him was charged with driving under the influence. influence and dangerous conduct resulting in bodily harm.

He hit the blue State Police Ford Interceptor so hard that the cruiser was pushed into the back of the car the officer had stopped.

O’Neill is a K-9 soldier and had his two dogs – Ruby and Koda – in the cruiser when he was hit in February. Fortunately, the steel-reinforced cage protected the animals from serious injury, even if their master didn’t fare so well.

“My wife got a lot of calls in the middle of the night and she’s not too happy about everything that happened,” O’Neill said. “We thank God every day that I’m here six feet above the ground and can still do my job.”

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the editor of Target 12 and chief investigative reporter for 12 News, and host of Newsmakers. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Life behind the wheel with a car delivery driver https://taxis4smartcities.org/life-behind-the-wheel-with-a-car-delivery-driver/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 06:09:12 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/life-behind-the-wheel-with-a-car-delivery-driver/ Fatigue is the deadliest enemy “There are times when you constantly struggle with sleep. There are only a limited number of cans of Red Bull you can drink. Sometimes, however, you can’t fight it and have to stop. I was sleeping in a rest area recently and woke up to find a truck had parked […]]]>

Fatigue is the deadliest enemy

“There are times when you constantly struggle with sleep. There are only a limited number of cans of Red Bull you can drink. Sometimes, however, you can’t fight it and have to stop. I was sleeping in a rest area recently and woke up to find a truck had parked with its trailer almost touching the front of my car. For a moment I thought I had fallen asleep and woke up still driving and was about to ram it. Instinctively, I slammed on the brakes. I was wide awake after that.

Don’t talk to me about the truckers

“Police target drivers like me with license plates because they know we have deadlines to meet and therefore assume we are driving too fast. They should pay the same attention to truckers, because I see them on their breaks drinking beers and playing slot machines at gas stations. The police should stop them for breathalyzer tests and determine if they are too tired to drive.

The pros and cons

“I’m tired, I don’t eat well, I rarely exercise and I have to finance all my expenses up front and recover them, which can be difficult. But I drive nice cars…

Paul’s tips for working as a driver

Expenses: “You only do the work for the money, so it’s important that it’s not at your expense. Choose a company with an appropriate expense policy that includes essential travel and accommodation expenses and provides you with a fuel card to save you from having to pay for fuel upfront.

Schedules: “A well-planned collection and delivery schedule is essential. How many miles does the company expect you to travel in a day? What mileage allowances does it calculate for works? And does it take into account travel time between locations when no car is available? »

Management: “Avoid managers to whom you are just a number. You want someone who remembers your name and treats you with respect.

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8 Features of Vanished 1980s Cars Drivers Are Happy to Forget https://taxis4smartcities.org/8-features-of-vanished-1980s-cars-drivers-are-happy-to-forget/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/8-features-of-vanished-1980s-cars-drivers-are-happy-to-forget/ The automotive industry has always been characterized by ideas that are both evolutionary and revolutionary. And in the 80s, it was no different; Automakers competed to bring some of the best cars of the time to market. They used advanced technologies to create vehicles that were as exciting as possible. Unfortunately, while some of these […]]]>

The automotive industry has always been characterized by ideas that are both evolutionary and revolutionary. And in the 80s, it was no different; Automakers competed to bring some of the best cars of the time to market. They used advanced technologies to create vehicles that were as exciting as possible. Unfortunately, while some of these innovations have proven to be landmark achievements, others have become obsolete. On the one hand, these technologies were poorly executed, and on the other hand, they just expired over time.

Related: 5 Terrible Automotive Features We’re Glad We Missed (5 We Miss)

In the ever-changing world of automotive technology, nothing lasts forever. New ideas and innovations are constantly being introduced – improvements are made daily. It is therefore not surprising that certain ideas of the past are never bound to hold. That said, here are some innovative features from the 1980s that drivers are happy to overlook.

8 Automatic seat belt


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A lot of compact cars had automatic seat belts in the 80s. The idea was to make sure the driver and passenger always put their seat belts on. Unfortunately, despite good intentions, these seat belts sometimes got stuck and burned regularly. Nevertheless, it was a well-thought-out innovation that ended up in the list of terrible car features that everyone is looking forward to.


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Among the negative sides of automatic seat belts were the high replacement costs. The problematic nature of automatic seat belts has prompted a comeback of traditional seat belts.

seven CB Radios


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At a time when cell phones were non-existent, cars were equipped with a CB radio option. Despite their difficulty of use, radios were then an excellent means of communication between two people. Smokey and the bandit played an influential role in promoting CB radios.


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The introduction of cellular technology quickly put an end to CB radios. The popularity and convenience of cell phones has brought about a complete turnaround. The demise of CB radios was imminent, and they eventually joined many car features that are now obsolete, and no one misses them.


6 Velvet seats


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On benzworld.org

In their search for more comfortable seats, car manufacturers have come up with velor seats. At first, their popularity grew as they improved the interior design of vehicles. Then major players in the automotive industry, including Honda and Cadillac, adopted the seats.

Related: The best features of the 2021 Genesis G90


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It wasn’t until they realized how sweaty the seats were that passengers began to feel their awe. On long summer trips, the seats turned out to be a complete disaster. Just a few years after its introduction, velor seats had fallen out of favor with car buyers.


5 Headlight wipers


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Found on luxury cars of the 80s, mainly Swedish and German models, headlight wipers may have been intended to wipe away dirt. As clumsy as they seem, they could have been useful.


Headlight wipers
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The feature was gone by the 90s, with Volvo and Mercedes being the last two companies to have headlight wipers on their cars. The extinction of windshield wipers has led to the incorporation of newer and safer options. As a result, many ’80s car buyers are glad that headlight wipers no longer exist.

4 car phones


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Car phones weren’t a common feature in the 1980s, but they did exist. Only the elite could afford this type of technology at the time. A wired car phone was installed in a vehicle and connected to the satellite service.


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On benzworld.org

The first two models to incorporate this technology were the Porsche 930 Slantnose and the Mercedes 560SEL. The Lexus SC400 sports car has become one of the latest models to feature a built-in phone. Unfortunately, automakers failed to understand the need for car phones when introducing cellular technology.

3 Manual without clutch


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On dailyadvent.com

Manual transmission cars were the norm in the 1980s. Very few cars have automatic transmissions. However, driving a manual transmission was no easy task for many buyers. Several automakers have come together in an attempt to create a clutchless manual transmission. Unfortunately, costly repairs and massive time consumption rendered their efforts fruitless.

Related: 10 Highly-Loved Car Features That Will Disappear By 2030


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On thrillist.com

Clutchless manuals are quickly becoming a thing of the past. And while no driver wants this feature back on the market, a few automakers are trying to resurrect the clutchless manual transmission. Hyundai, in particular, is doing its best to make this dream come true.

2 Benches


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On nytimes.com

Adults who were kids in the 1980s will probably have the best description of what it was like to ride in bench seats. Every family car had a bench seat, which meant that even the coupes and sedans could accommodate up to six people.


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Most modern sedans did not reciprocate the idea and 1990 saw the end of bench seats. One of the last sedans to feature a bench seat was the Ford Crown Victoria. The concept of a center console rather than an additional passenger proved more appealing to consumers.


1 Musical car horns


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As absurd as the idea may seem, musical car horns were a “thing” in the 80s. Horns were very popular for a time and buyers chose from a range of existing standard melodies. Buyers soon came to their senses and realized how ridiculous the idea had been in the first place.


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via indiatimes.com

The musical car horns died out quietly and quickly. Those that exist today are reserved for parade cars and allegorical floats. Maybe that shows how far automakers had gone with this one.


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Denny Hamlin pushes the next generation car and other drivers and half is expected to crash due to his aggressive driving https://taxis4smartcities.org/denny-hamlin-pushes-the-next-generation-car-and-other-drivers-and-half-is-expected-to-crash-due-to-his-aggressive-driving/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:35:51 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/denny-hamlin-pushes-the-next-generation-car-and-other-drivers-and-half-is-expected-to-crash-due-to-his-aggressive-driving/ Denny Hamlin has three Daytona 500 victories under his belt, and it’s no coincidence. This can be attributed to his state-of-the-art equipment, his aggressive riding style, which allows him to force his way to the front on the superspeedway, and his ability to stay calm under pressure during an incredibly stressful time. when he tries […]]]>

Denny Hamlin has three Daytona 500 victories under his belt, and it’s no coincidence. This can be attributed to his state-of-the-art equipment, his aggressive riding style, which allows him to force his way to the front on the superspeedway, and his ability to stay calm under pressure during an incredibly stressful time. when he tries to outmaneuver and thwart maneuvers. its competition in the final moments of NASCAR’s greatest race, while traveling at speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.

This week, during a practice session of the Next Gen car at the World Center of Racing, driver Joe Gibbs Racing didn’t seem to be testing anything. Instead, he was in full practice mode for the season-opening race next month, pushing the car to its limits. And those testing around him took notice.

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In 2021, drivers almost wiped out most of 2020’s climate gains https://taxis4smartcities.org/in-2021-drivers-almost-wiped-out-most-of-2020s-climate-gains/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:56:23 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/in-2021-drivers-almost-wiped-out-most-of-2020s-climate-gains/ Transportation emissions in the United States are back to two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels in 2021 – and this modest reduction was almost entirely due to reduced air travel rather than lower gasoline consumption , according to a new study. According to preliminary estimates by the Rhodium Group, emissions from the transport sector increased by 10% […]]]>

Transportation emissions in the United States are back to two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels in 2021 – and this modest reduction was almost entirely due to reduced air travel rather than lower gasoline consumption , according to a new study.

According to preliminary estimates by the Rhodium Group, emissions from the transport sector increased by 10% between 2020 and 2021, again making it the main driver of climate change in the country, despite the fact that travel continued to be suppressed by the pandemic for much of the year. This puts the sector at around two-thirds of pre-40s levels, although emission levels in other areas of the economy have increased much more gradually (see graph below).

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The authors of the report note that America has now erased most of the progress it made in 2020 towards meeting critical goals set under the Paris Agreement, and leaders will now need to urgently act to recover those gains. By 2020, US emissions had fallen to 22.2 percent of 2005 levels, a promising step towards the national goal of reaching 50 percent of those levels by 2030. But due to the return of so many economic activity in 2021, total emissions are only 17.4. percent below 2005 levels.

The wrong direction.  Graphic: The Rhodium group
The wrong direction. Graphic: The Rhodium group

“Accelerated joint action by Congress, the federal executive and major states can put the 2030 goal within reach,” the report’s authors wrote. “But all must act quickly in order to put the United States on the right track.”

As in years past, some modes of travel contributed to the increase much more than others – and drivers, again, were the worst offenders.

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that gasoline demand – a measure the Rhodium Group says is “indicative of demand for passenger road travel” – had almost reached 2019 levels, while the diesel demand in fact outmoded that year’s peak of 0.4%, due to historic consumer demand that pushed the shipping industry to the brink of collapse.

Meanwhile, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that by October 2021, the last month for which data is available, domestic vehicle kilometers traveled on all types of automobiles had reached 95% of the totals recorded in the same month two. years ago. This could suggest that cars left on the road were consuming more gasoline per mile than they did before the pandemic, thanks to a record increase in light truck sales in late 2020 and early 2021.

Air travel, on the other hand, has never reached more than 76% of 2019 levels, meaning that much of the transportation sector’s emission reductions have come from the skies of the United States rather than its roads.

People still don't fly as often as they did before the pandemic.
People still don’t fly as often as they did before the pandemic.

In some ways, what’s most surprising about the new climate estimates is that driving emissions haven’t increased. Following – and how few US policymakers are explaining why or what they can do to accelerate these traffic suppression trends in the years to come.

As the authors of the Rhodium report note, the emergence of new variants in the second half of last year “led to a staggered demand for fuel,” in part thanks to some employers allowing their workers to continue or resume service. work from home, even as others have resumed their daily car trips. This phased demand may also have been amplified by the continued boom in cycling in many US markets, which began in 2020 in part in response to concerns about the risks of transmission of Covid-19 in public transportation, and has remained strong in 2021 even though data has proven mass fashions to be relatively safe in a pandemic.

Of course, no one would want Covid-19 to continue, regardless of these inadvertent transport benefits.

But some advocates argue that forward-thinking policymakers would be wise to codify the right of workers to ignore their car journeys into law whenever possible – or at the very least, require employers to stop enticing their employees to drive, offering cash benefits to those who travel by active and shared modes commensurate with the value of the parking benefits of their colleagues.

Likewise, leaders can do more to increase the share of active transportation without cannibalizing transit agency customers, making the streets completely safe for cyclists and walkers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, rethinking restrictive land use to put more destinations within easy rolling distance, and expanding access to electric and acoustic bicycles through incentive programs at all levels of government. And of course, making public transit a convenient and attractive way to get around by funding it in a solid way can reduce emissions even further, especially as public perceptions of the viral risks of shared transit begin to change.

For now, however, emissions from the transportation sector are likely to continue to rise – and motorists will continue to be among the main drivers of the rise in the years to come.

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Motorsports: Slot car races help pass the offseason on local tracks https://taxis4smartcities.org/motorsports-slot-car-races-help-pass-the-offseason-on-local-tracks/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 23:00:44 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/motorsports-slot-car-races-help-pass-the-offseason-on-local-tracks/ AUGUSTA – In a corner room at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday afternoon, a group of about 50 people gather around a miniature racetrack. One by one, 31 different racers take turns driving an electronic racing car around the track, establishing its position for a race later in the day. While waiting for a […]]]>

AUGUSTA – In a corner room at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday afternoon, a group of about 50 people gather around a miniature racetrack.

One by one, 31 different racers take turns driving an electronic racing car around the track, establishing its position for a race later in the day. While waiting for a chance to qualify, drivers and crew members work on the cars on the side tables, sand down the paint, fix a tire, prepare for the car’s next pass.

Welcome to slot car racing. It’s a hobby, but it’s closer to real car racing than you might think. The rally was for the Pro Stock Invitational, which was part of the 33rd Northeast Motorsports Expo.

“(Slot car racing) it’s basically like strapping onto a regular racing car, except you drive it with your hands instead of your foot,” said Pro promoter Jeff Martel of Biddeford. Stock Invitational.

Slot car racing is a hobby that started in the 1960s. Slot cars are miniature racing vehicles, powered by an electric motor, with a pin attached to the bottom of the car that holds it in place. along a grooved track. The cars are controlled by a remote trigger, plugged into the side of the track. While a pin keeps the car on the track, it’s not hard for a car to get out of control, disconnect from the groove, and crash into a wall.

“It was really big in the ’60s,” said Martel, who first got into slot car racing in 1990. “It was more commercial back then, you could create a place for cheap money (for a race). Today it is unfathomable to even try to think about renting a place. I have been doing it for five years, and it just kept getting expensive. Now , 100% of the state’s slot cars are in the garage.

It is also a hobby that can be enjoyed by all ages.

“I’ve been doing this for a year,” said Karson Hewins, 11, of Oxford. “My father talked about it. We ran at Minot (Mountain Raceway) and he got down to it. One day I asked him if I could try it. He got me (a slot car), and I got hooked.

For Jase Martel, Jeff’s 8-year-old son, it is a hobby that he has been practicing since birth.

“He’s been doing it since I was born,” Jase Martel said. “I’ve been racing for a year and a half, two years. I get the rhythm of how to do it. You have to let go (the accelerator) before turning. … I tried to get better and stay awake with my dad because he has been doing this for 35 years. I’m just trying to keep up and improve.

Pro Stock Invitational participants traveled from all over New England to southern Rhode Island.

“I’ve been doing this for about 35 years,” said Kevin Boucher, 51, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. “A friend of mine took me on a (track). I got into the competition, the camaraderie, the friendships you make over the years. “

Many of the participants are fans or drivers on the local racetracks and use slot car racing to combat the boredom of the offseason.

“I’m racing at Oxford,” said Hewins, who made Oxford Plains Speedway history last season as the youngest driver to win on the track in a full-size car, claiming a victory on July 24 in the Rookie series. “I’m just addicted to running. In winter it is a good (hobby).

On the side of the race track, teams with wooden toolboxes solve any problems with their cars, much like a refueling team in a stock car race.

“The most important thing is when they crash they bend,” said George Allen, owner of Minot Mountain Speedway. “You have to dismantle everything (the car). You have to make sure the chassis isn’t bent, the axles aren’t bent, and you work from there. A lot of people don’t realize it. But these cars are repairable. I still have the first cars I started with. It’s exactly the same dynamics as driving a real racing car. You have offset tires, you have weight to move, back and forth, left to right. It’s the same idea.

Allen, 64, got into slot machine racing six years ago, but quickly became addicted.

“After (running) for about a year, I was lucky enough to buy a track, took it home and the rest is history,” said Allen, who estimates 20 to 25 pilots regularly run on its track in Minot. “All these local riders, all the pit crews, they are all friends who come to the house. We really appreciate it.

It’s not just pride at stake at the Pro Stock Invitational. There is a $ 20 entry fee, with cash prizes for the winner, the driver with the fastest lap, even for the participant who traveled the furthest for the race. The winner of the race also returns home with a 5ft trophy.

More than anything, said Jeff Martel, those involved are having fun.

“This, for me, is my run in the big leagues,” he said. “I tried to drive a real racing car for a year and won a few races. But that, for me, is that. It’s my Winston Cup in itself. I love the camaraderie; I like the people involved. It’s just a good time.


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Amon calls for autonomous motorists https://taxis4smartcities.org/amon-calls-for-autonomous-motorists/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 11:33:16 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/amon-calls-for-autonomous-motorists/ Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon (in the photo, on the right) advocated for greater vehicle connectivity, citing potential benefits for public safety and congestion reduction. During a fireside chat at CES 2022, Amon called for more government support for vehicle connectivity. He noted that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are as important a safety feature as […]]]>

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon (in the photo, on the right) advocated for greater vehicle connectivity, citing potential benefits for public safety and congestion reduction.

During a fireside chat at CES 2022, Amon called for more government support for vehicle connectivity. He noted that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are as important a safety feature as airbags and called for measures to connect vehicles to each other as well as to roadside infrastructure, including traffic lights.

Pressing on the safety angle, Amon noted that the US government had set a precedent by requiring GPS chips in smartphones to help emergency services locate users.

During the session, US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg highlighted the government’s efforts to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles, including setting test standards and monitoring accident reports.

Buttigieg said his department intends to assess and address the “potential consequences of automation for the workforce,” while emphasizing the impact that autonomous technologies could have on the manufacturing industry. logistics when deployed in heavy goods vehicles.

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Higher taxes and speed limiters https://taxis4smartcities.org/higher-taxes-and-speed-limiters/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 07:09:08 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/higher-taxes-and-speed-limiters/ Several changes are coming for drivers in 2022 in France, including an increase in so-called green taxes on new cars and tolls and the mandatory installation of speed limiters linked to GPS on cars. We explain. Increase in malus taxes for high-emission cars For taxes, the main increases are due to lower CO2 emission limits […]]]>

Several changes are coming for drivers in 2022 in France, including an increase in so-called green taxes on new cars and tolls and the mandatory installation of speed limiters linked to GPS on cars. We explain.

Increase in malus taxes for high-emission cars

For taxes, the main increases are due to lower CO2 emission limits for cars, which means that any new car with a rating of 128g of CO2 per kilometer will now fall into the “malus” category of environmental taxes.

It will mainly affect gasoline vehicles that consume more fuel than diesels, for example with a gasoline-powered Dacia Duster, one of the best-selling models in the country, now paying a penalty of € 300, an increase of € 100.

Even small petrol cars will be affected, a Citroën C3 with a 1.2 liter PureTech engine developing 110 hp and a Renault Clio with a 1 liter Tce 90 hp engine will both be affected if fitted with automatic gearboxes.

At the highest level, for cars emitting more than 223 g of CO2 per km, mainly affecting certain luxury cars and SUVs such as powerful Range Rovers, the penalty for 2022 is € 40,000 (against € 30,000) and the government warned that it would increase. to € 50,000 next year.

French manufacturers are not present in this market segment.

Big car and SUV enthusiasts will also face another green tax this year, if their vehicle weighs more than 1.8 tonnes, including an allowance for a driver of 75 kg, with the tax calculated at the rate of € 10. for each kilogram exceeding this limit.

Electric and hybrid cars are excluded due to the extra weight of their batteries as long as they are certified to be able to travel 50 km or more on the battery alone, and tax reductions are also available for families with more than three children.

The green tax ceiling of € 40,000 cannot be exceeded this year, even if the cumulative weight tax and CO2 penalty tax exceed the amount.

Rise in tolls to recover losses during lockdowns

Tolls will also increase by 2% on average, from February 1, although they were originally introduced as a way to pay for the construction of highways, and the construction costs of most of them have been covered over the past decade.

Freeway concessionaires say they need a raise to offset wage increases and lost income during closures.

Government assistance for the purchase of an extended electric car

With its generous hand, the government maintains, until the end of June, the subsidy of € 6,000 for the cost of purchasing certain fully electric cars, with the subsidy decreasing as the price of the car increases and ending for cars. cars that cost more than € 60,000. From July the subsidy should be reduced to € 5,000.

Tesla reduced the price of its Model 3 car, so it fell below the € 60,000 limit.

Buyers of plug-in hybrids can still claim their € 1,000 bonus, although environmental groups complain that real-life examples show they actually use more gasoline than simple gasoline engines or other hybrid types. .

This is mainly because they are bought as company cars and drivers don’t bother plugging them in to recharge the batteries every night.

Other subsidies to help people buy cleaner cars, the conversion premium has been tightened with subsidies only available to people who buy cars with CO2 ratings of 127g CO2 per 100 km, up from 132 g of CO2 per 100 km last year. Subsidies can reach 5,000 € to help with the purchase of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, depending on declared income.

Restored radars and more private radar cars

On the road, drivers this year are advised to keep an eye on speed limits, with the government saying it will focus its efforts on ensuring the existing 4,500 radar sites are operational.

Read more: Radars are back in action in France with 4,700 radars

At one stage of the yellow vests protests, only about a quarter were, the rest being vandalized.

The fleet of private radar cars will also be extended to all of France and should reach 400 vehicles by the end of the year, each in circulation at least seven hours a day.

New tire law fines to be applied from November

November 1, 2021 marked the first day of the new French winter tire obligation, which applies to certain mountainous areas of the country between November 1 and March 31 of each year.

Read more: Recap: the new French law on snow tires begins today, what you need to know

You must be equipped either with chains now in the vehicle, or with winter tires. From November of this year, fines will start to be imposed if they [the cars] are not equipped in accordance with the new regulations.
Read more: Are snow chains an authorized alternative to winter tires in France?

Paris and Lyon will start banning vehicles with high Crit’Air stickers

Driving in Paris will become problematic for many people from July 1, with the city banning all cars with a Crit’Air3 sticker or higher. Crit’Air3 mainly applies to diesel cars purchased before 2010 and petrol cars before 2006.

Lyon has announced that it will ban all Crit’Air5 cars from July.

Plans to flash offending vehicles with a bad Crit’Air sticker or no camera sticker, which were also due to be completed this year, have been postponed until at least 2023, after it was discovered that no laws were made. ‘authorized the authorities to do so.

Read more: Guide to Crit’Air stickers in France

All new cars will have automated speed monitors

Another law concerning new cars will come into force in July, making it compulsory to install a speed limiter on all cars and to set the limiter to default.

Read more: All new cars in France will be fitted with automated speed controllers from July 2022

The speed limiter will be linked to the car’s navigation system to obtain information on the speed limit, and it will be possible to deactivate it each time the engine is started.

Used car buyers are also better protected this year.

From January 1, the legal guarantee of conformity, if they buy the car from a professional, is extended from six months to one year. The warranty has also been amended so that it is now up to the professional to prove that the defect denounced was not present at the time of the sale, and not to the buyers.

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