Newsletter of The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc.
Roadmarking News www.nzrf.co.nz Edition 126 August 2017
Australasian Roadmarking Conference, Hamilton August 23-24
Dr Hamish Mackie, Mackie Research and from Opus Research Dr Kym Neaylon and Dr Jeremy Wu
The NZRF will host a Conference and Exhibition with the Roadmarking Industry Association of Australia at the Distinction Hotel, Hamilton on the 23rd and 24th August 2017. Conference information including the programme, partners programme, registration forms, accommodation booking forms and information about the associated Trade Exhibition are available on the Conference Page of the NZRF website.
Principal sponsor for the conference is Damar Industries, Proceedings sponsor Dow Coatings and Exhibiting Sponsors are Potters, Britesite, Ennis Flint, Roaddata and Geveko Markings.
Keynote speaker is Associate Transport Minister Hon Tim Macindoe
Machinery moves on site for Kapiti Coast expressway Among other speakers are Associate Professor Samuel G Charlton, Waikato University, Michael Gordon, Westpac Economist
Onsite work has started in the Kapiti Coast region on the Otaki-Peka Peka Expressway, part of the greater Wellington Northern Corridor project. Transport Minister Simon Bridges and local MP Hon Nathan Guy recently turned the first sod on the US$175 million project. Travel times should be improved between Port of Wellington, hospitals, Wellingtonâ€™s central business district and ferry terminals. The 110km Wellington Northern Corridor largely
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follows the current state highway route from the airport to Linden, near Tawa. From Tawa new roads will progressively be constructed to provide an expressway-style journey to north of Levin. The corridor is made up of eight different sections and will provide for at least two lanes of traffic in either direction divided by a central barrier.
crossing the centre line and hitting an oncoming vehicle. “By creating wide centrelines we will reduce the risk of head on crashes by separating traffic, while safety barriers help catch out of control vehicles before they hit something less forgiving such as another vehicle or trees, poles or ditches,” says the Transport Agency’s System Design Manager, Brett Gliddon. “We are also making the route safer for cyclists by creating a wide road side shoulder right through the Dome Valley.”
The Wellington Northern Corridor from Levin to Wellington Airport is one of the seven Roads of National Significance. Roads of National Significance are essential state highways that the Government has identified because they require upgrading. The new SH1 route will be a mixture of new divided four-lane highway sections and improvements to the existing network.
The shoulder will also continue at the top of the Dome where the northbound and southbound passing lanes will be replaced with wide shoulders to make the approach to the summit safer. The wide shoulder will still allow lighter vehicles to pass safely and will be better suited to cars overtaking slower moving vehicles like trucks and buses. This technique has been used successfully in other parts of Northland including Bulls Gorge where there is no evidence it has impacted on efficiency or led to unsafe passing movements.
The corridor’s sections are Mount Victoria Tunnel duplication, tunnel-to tunnel inner-city transport improvements, Terrace Tunnel duplication, Smart Motorway, Transmission Gully, Mackays to Peka Peka, Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway and finally Otaki to north of Levin.
NZTA improvements to make State Highway 1 through the Dome Valley safer The proposed changes which will begin next year include widening the centre line and road side shoulders and installing flexible road safety barriers. The 15km section of State Highway 1 from Wellsford to north of Warkworth is an important link between Northland and Auckland for commuters, freight and tourists but its steep slopes, unexpected corners and poor visibility make it difficult for people to drive safely. 17 people have died and another 42 have been seriously injured in the Dome Valley between 2005 and 2016. Most of the crashes were caused by drivers losing control and running off the road or
The project is part of the Government’s Safe Roads and Roadsides Programme underway to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on our rural state highways. “More than 10,000 vehicles travel through the Dome Valley every day, and with those numbers increasing we need to get these improvements underway now to reduce the risk of more people being hurt or killed in a crash.” Plans for the improvements will be refined over the next few months, based on feedback from local communities with construction due to start in mid-2018.
Māori design and modern engineering combine to make the Alford Street Bridge a striking feature of Auckland’s Waterview Shared Path, being built for Auckland Transport, as part of the NZTA’s Waterview Connection.
The Alford Street Bridge creates a new link between Great North Road and the Unitec Campus. It is the longest of the three bridges being built for Waterview Shared Path, which is being delivered as part of the Waterview Connection project.
The shared path is a link in Auckland’s growing, city-wide network of cycle and walking facilities.
Auckland Transport’s Cycling, Walking and Road Safety Manger, Kathryn King, says the design features of Waterview Shared Path meet public expectations for the Auckland cycleway network.
The 90 metre long bridge, which crosses Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) between Great North Road and the Unitec Campus, is located at the Waterview end of the path. Two 16 metre high bridge piers feature spectacular puhoro designs accentuating the flow and movement of the water in the creek running below.
“The unique design incorporated into the Waterview Shared Path is consistent with the coordinated approach across the network to deliver user-friendly, safe and accessible cycling and walking paths for all Aucklanders.”
The concept also extends to the balustrades which weave along the side of the bridge, imitating the ripples below. There is also LED lighting in the handrail to illuminate it at night.
The Waterview Shared Path is 2.5 kilometres long and follows Oakley Creek between the Alan Wood Reserve in Mt Albert and Great North Rd in Waterview. Walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities will easily be able to access the shared path as it includes low hill gradients to assist prams and elderly people to use it. It will join with other shared paths such as the Northwestern Cycleway in the northern (Waterview) end and the New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path and Southwestern Shared Path alongside State Highway 20
Alford Street Bridge “Alford Street Bridge is close to completion and will make a striking addition to Auckland’s walking and cycling network as well as enhancing the local environment as it spans the longest urban stream on the Auckland isthmus,” says Brett Gliddon, the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highways Manager.
NZTA SH 1, Otago safety project, from Lookout Point, Dunedin, to Mosgiel, underway The $5.4 million project has been awarded to Fulton Hogan.
“It’s already proving to be a show-stopper with its eye-catching design and colour, drawing plenty of positive attention from local people that pass the area,” says Mr Gliddon. Other Māori artwork will appear at various locations along the shared path including pou whenua (carved wooden land posts) and kōhatu (carved rocks). Finding the Totara logs for the pou was a challenge and they were eventually sourced from a West Coast swamp. They are being carved by master carvers from several iwi.
Additional side barriers will be built to prevent drivers running off the highway and the median barrier at the Mosgiel interchange at the end of the route will be extended to keep traffic apart and reduce the risk of head-on crashes. High
performance road markings will be installed for improved visibility at night and in wet conditions. It is anticipated the project will be finished by Christmas. Two people died and 34 were seriously injured on this section of highway from 2006 to 2015. Nearly 90 per cent of serious crashes were caused by vehicles running off the road and hitting a ditch or embankment. These new safety measures will reduce these types of crashes, and when they do occur, they will be less likely to result in serious injuries or deaths, making this busy motorway safer for everyone who uses it, including freight and commercial drivers, residents and tourists. The project is part of the $600 million Safe Roads and Roadsides programme which aims to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on rural roads. It aims to prevent deaths and serious injury crashes through relatively simple measures such as rumble strips, road shoulder widening, safety barriers, improved signage and speed limit changes.
NZTA talks to the local community about making a further two sections of State Highway 3 safer
prevent crashes, but to get it right, we need the community’s views because it’s locals who know local roads best.” Between 2006 and 2015 there have been four deaths and 30 serious injuries on SH3 between Hamilton and Ohaupo and three deaths and 23 serious injuries between Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Most of these crashes were head-on collisions or resulted from drivers losing control and hitting trees, power poles or ditches or crashes at access ways and intersections. Ms Boyt says people will always make mistakes, but there are things that can be done to make these stretches of road safer. Options include: widening the shoulders to give drivers more room to recover if they lose control installing side safety barriers to stop drivers running off the road adding rumble strips to give distracted drivers a wake-up call before they cross the centreline or run off the road widening the centreline to reduce headon collisions. Ms Boyt says the Transport Agency is also looking at how it can make it safer for people to cross the road in the Ohaupo township.
Three events in early July canvased public opinion on the Hamilton to Ohaupo and Te Awamutu to Otorohanga sections of the state highway.
The Transport Agency has nearly completed adding safety improvements to the section of the highway between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu and also plans to add safety improvements to the stretch of SH3 between SH37 to Te Kuiti.
“We want to learn more about these sections of the highway from the people who use them,” Transport Agency Highways Manager Karen Boyt says.
These projects are part of the Safe Roads and Roadsides programme which aims to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on rural roads.
Auckland's 'highest risk rural roads' set for $6m upgrade by 2019 Safety improvements on some of Auckland's most dangerous roads are about to get underway. Auckland Transport has earmarked $6 million for its Self-Explaining Rural Roads (SERR) project which is covering around 130km of roads within Clevedon, Maraetai and Whitford in the southeast. “We want to talk to people who live on the road, and who use the road, and discuss their ideas. There are proven ways we can upgrade the road to
The work will upgrade and improve signs, road markings, gateways entering villages, shape
corrections, safety barriers and the introduction of safe cycle bays on North Rd.
as too many, will encourage motorists to take more care on the roads.
AT spokesman James Ireland says the area was chosen as it "has some of the highest risk rural roads in the Auckland region".
Northland's road toll has climbed to 19 so far this year, with 12 in the Far North. Kiri Sloane-Hobson, Road Safety Education Manager at Far North REAP (Rural Education Activities Program), said of the 12 deaths there were eight that might have been prevented if people had been wearing seatbelts. "It's disheartening to see so many of our people being killed when all it takes is a couple of seconds to put a seatbelt on. It's even more devastating for the families and communities of these people. "We want to see the safety message everywhere, we can't take our focus off keys areas including speed, drinking and driving and restraints."
Between 2012 and 2016 there were six fatal, 44 serious and 198 minor injury crashes in the area. Within Clevedon, three fatal, 13 serious and 36 minor injury crashes were recorded during that time. The planned shape correction on Brookby Rd is located to the east of the Fitzpatrick Rd intersection and is just over 1km long. The scheme will improve the geometric curve of this length of road including widening the shoulder and installing new signs and road markings. The shape correction on North Rd is located in the vicinity of property number 563 and is approximately 750 metres long. As well as improving the curves, possible widening of the shoulders is being investigated to improve safety for cyclists. A further four cycle bays are being investigated at locations on North Rd where cyclists are hidden from approaching vehicles.
Hokianga artist Hayley Ngaroma Fitzpatrick created the powerful piece of art which has since been digitally changed to meet requirements for signage. The billboard is part of the Far North Road Safety education campaign that was launched in 2016.
"The One Tear Too Many" campaign messages include Slow Down, Drive Sober and Seatbelts On, encouraging drivers and passengers to consider their behavior on the road.
Bold safety message goes mobile in Far North
The campaign has seen a number of billboards placed on State Highways throughout the Far North region and Whangarei.
A bold road safety message is hitting Far North roads in a bid to safe lives as the region's road toll climbs.
Ms Sloane-Hobson said the campaign goal was to engage drivers and their passengers with easily understood messages, with an overall purpose to reduce road trauma on Northland roads.
A billboard entitled "One Tear too Many" has been painted on to the back of buses belonging to the Petricevich company. Road safety officials hope the billboard representing Papatuanuku, Earth Mother shedding a single tear signifying one death
"The impact on whanau and community of drivers choosing to speed, drink drive and not wear their seatbelts is a painful one. We have lost 12 people in the far north district in the last seven months".
Sharrows, “dooring zone” on Ottawa’s Wellington Street corridor receiving a mixed bag of responses
themselves, as cyclists have complained. Rather than suggesting that it’s an area in which a rider runs the risk of going head over handlebars, “dooring zone,” to some, reads like an indication of where dooring a cyclist is actually permissible for drivers. Along with a sentiment from cyclists that the painted infrastructure isn’t enough, there’s also a heated degree of anti-cycling vitriol from motorists. It’s the hope that the Wellington Street makeover may change those attitudes, though, that councillor Jeff Leiper says makes the pilot project worthwhile.
The asphalt of Wellington Street West in Ottawa looks strikingly different these days, thanks to an effort by city staff to keep cyclists protected as they ride through the dense, occasionally unpredictable corridor. To quote the Ottawa Community News, it’s a paint job that looks “busy.” It’s also an addition to Ottawa infrastructure that’s receiving mixed reviews. Down the middle of the road, on a stretch of Wellington between Parkdale Avenue and Holland Avenue, Ottawa’s public works department painted a tight array of sharrows and introduced a “dooring zone” within a metre of on-street parking — literally, the words “dooring zone” painted in tall block letters on the road. As cycling and pedestrian safety co-ordinator Shawn McGuire told the Ottawa Community News, they’re in response to complaints from local cyclists that riding through the area is “dangerous and uncomfortable.”
“Drivers are becoming habituated to cyclists on the road and they’re paying more attention to when they pass,” Leiper argued. “The more of these awareness things we can put in place, the more we’ll see acceptance grow and we’ll see behaviours change.” While no plans are on the table just yet to expand the project elsewhere in the city, McGuire said that its use will be monitored over the next year to see if such positive changes as Leiper describes take root. If so, they may be seen in other Ottawa neighbourhoods.
Disabled parking fines increase in the ACT Tempted to park in that disabled parking spot for just a few minutes while you nip into the shops? And you happen to be able-bodied? If you get caught in the ACT, you're now going to be fined a whopping $600.
“Obviously the residents wanted something more substantial like bike lanes,” McGuire said, “but there’s just no room. We were scraping our heads trying to come up with something better than just the sharrows in the centre.” Judging from the response of many of those residents, though, the new street markings don’t solve much. The “dooring zone,” in particular, has presented all new problems for cyclists in Canada’s capital. For one, cyclists find themselves craning their necks to the right to read the horizontallypainted words. For another, there’s the implication of the words “dooring zone”
. That's a $241 or 67 per cent increase on the current $359 fine. It's a move that has been welcomed by disability advocates in the ACT sick of able-bodied drivers taking their parking spots. An Access Canberra spokesperson said between June last year and May this year, a total of 2500
parking fines were issued across the ACT for illegal parking in "mobility parking spaces". People with Disabilities executive officer Robert Altamore said the new $600 fine was "very welcome" as a deterrent. He said there was a shortage of disabled parking spaces in Canberra, especially in the city and Barton. People with disabilities often had to park a long way away from their destination when spots were not available. "The worst case is people missing out on appointments, especially doctor's appointments," Mr Altamore said.
Plan for high-speed cycling 'freeway' dangerous, says city council This space-age, high-speed tube for cycling commuters is, according to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan, a "freeway for people riding their bikes". But like freeways, this elevated and caged bike path comes with serious dangers, according to Melbourne City Council, which argues its potential risks far outweigh its gains. The 2.5-kilometre "veloway" is proposed as part of the West Gate Tunnel project. The planned bike lanes are to hang between twin elevated roadways over Footscray Road.
But the city council has labelled it "a poor design which does not present the best or safest outcome for the community". The council's submission on the road questions several aspects of the project, but some of its most serious concerns are over the proposed veloway. Greens councillor Cathy Oke is a cyclist, and at a council meeting this month questioned the veloway's design. Bicycle Network's support for the veloway had surprised her. "Why would you get on it? As a female, I wouldn't ride on a path like that without any off-ramps, without any safety considerations whatsoever. We're trying to increase participation of women riders, and I don't think a design like this is going to get there," Cr Oke said. The council has warned that there are issues around the "personal safety of users of the veloway as a result of a deficient design" because it lacks surveillance and has "limited exit points". One of the proposed exits for the veloway is next to the entry to the recently announced site for Docklands Primary School, potentially creating dangers for children from fast-moving cyclists, the council says. It also argues that the veloway will "lack access to natural light", and be poorly ventilated. The design is still a work in progress, says Bicycle Network senior policy adviser Garry Brennan. "We expect many of the uncertainties to be resolved," he said, as the government's road authority refined the concept for the bike path.
An artist's impression of the express veloway
"It has the great advantage of grade-separating the road crossings between Footscray and the Melbourne CBD, thus keeping truck traffic to the port well away from bike riders," he said. Mr Donellan said the West Gate Tunnel project included more than 14 kilometres of new and upgraded bike paths. These would make it "safer for cyclists to travel between the west and the city", he said.
The veloway is designed for serious commuter cyclists because it will bypass a number of traffic lights.
"Cyclist and pedestrian safety is of the utmost priority," Mr Donnellan said, promising further consultation on the veloway's design with councils and cycling groups.
The elevated veloway will mean cyclists no longer have to cross over three busy truck entries into the Port of Melbourne. While the 2.5-kilometre veloway will be built above Footscray Road for express cycling journeys, the existing path will remain available as well for cyclists. The veloway will be open at the top and have perforated panels to let light and breezes into the structure. The government says this will provide essentially the same conditions as riding on a bike path next to the road. But Melbourne City Council says that if the bike path must be elevated, it should be repositioned to the north side of the toll road, with the structure redesigned to "ensure it is open to the air and allows for views out and future passive surveillance".
Anti-Terror Bollards in Australian cities Commuters making their way through Melbourne's Southern Cross Station were greeted by large concrete bollards in June that had been installed as part of Victoria's increased security measures. The Age reported that more than 50 of the bollards were strategically placed around the station's major entry points in an effort from the state government to prevent similar vehicle-style terror attacks that have occurred in London, Niece, Stockholm and Berlin. Up to 140 of the anti-terror bollards were placed across eight prominent Melbourne sites including the Queen Victoria Market, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square,
The installation of the blocks follows the allocation of $10 million in the Victorian state budget to increase security measures across the state after Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, allegedly drove his car into crowds of pedestrians in Melbourne's Bourke Street in January, killing six people. Since the construction of the bollards in Melbourne, barricades set up in Martin Place have also been seen by Sydneysiders in a move a City of Sydney spokesperson told HuffPost Australia is "to block vehicle access in response to security concerns". "The City of Sydney takes advice from NSW Police and state emergency services on issues of public safety, including the installation of bollards and barricades to block vehicle access in response to security concerns," the spokesperson said. "As part of our ongoing work to review and strengthen security in public spaces, the City is currently installing concrete barricades in Martin Place, between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets. This is not in response to any specific threat. The barricades in both Sydney and Melbourne also come following word from the Gold Coast City Council that the city is planning to install 16 "heavy duty retractable bollards to protect visitors and residents at large scale outdoor events" by the end of 2017, in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The reports come after Adelaide also made the move earlier this year to install permanent bollards in Rundle Mall in order to increase security and control traffic flow to the area.
TinyMobileRobots launches robot TinySurveyor After nearly four years of development, including two years on-site testing, Danish robotics firm TinyMobileRobots has launched its mobile linemarker robot, TinySurveyor. While three people are traditionally required for road marking layout, the robot can do it faster and more reliably, said chief executive Jens Peder Kristensen. The robot requires supervision by only one person and can work through all weather conditions. If the road system layout is digitalised, road coordinates in the specific format can be uploaded
to TinySurveyor. Data in LandXML and CSV format can be transferred to a USB stick and then simply inserted into the robot.
If no digital data is available, the robot can be used to collect the data from a few key points and automatically generate the full layout. In both cases, the robot will greatly reduce layout work, and take around one-third of the time required for manual layout.
Illuminated road studs from Clearview Intelligence Clearview picked up the Most Innovative Transport Project award at UK’s National Transport Awards for its lighted road stud system for the A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clearview Intelligence set up its lighted road stud project in conjunction with Scottish government agency Transport Scotland, road operator BEAR (Scotland), the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University and contractor Amey.
The A720 Sheriffhall is traffic signal controlled and features spiral markings to guide drivers through the junction to their destination arm. Despite these measures, casualty statistics indicated that Sheriffhall had a high frequency of accidents with some 65 injuries recorded in the 10 years to 2013. Additionally, even minor collisions at this junction have the knock-on effect of causing significant disruption across the network. Clearview Intelligence’s active road studs are triggered by green phases of traffic signals on the roundabout. As soon as the traffic signal on the entrance to the roundabout turns green, studs embedded in the road surface immediately illuminate and guide drivers onto the appropriate lanes of the roundabout. When the traffic signal turns red, all studs on that section switch off and studs at the next section illuminate as the corresponding traffic signal turns green. In this way, drivers get an illuminated green phase to guide them all the way around and off the roundabout. They have clear visual definition of the lanes to heighten lane discipline and reduce preventable collisions. Clearview says that independent evaluation by researchers from the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University conducted a full before-and-after study on driver behaviour at the roundabout that analysed over 55,000 vehicle movements. Research to date has found a reduction in lane transgression activity across nearly all vehicle types and manoeuvres, even during daylight hours, including a significant reduction in transgression rate (>50%) for medium-sized vehicles. Overall, the study has concluded that the intelligent road stud scheme has significant positive impact on collision risk at the roundabout through reduced lane transgressions, meaning less congestion and fewer accidents.
Europe’s road death rate still too high The goal of the project – the first in the UK - has been to reduce lane transgression on the multilane roundabout that connects six key roads around Edinburgh and handles upwards of 42,000 vehicles a day.
There is widespread consensus across Europe that the road death rate remains too high. There was an average of 51 road deaths/million inhabitants in the EU during 2016. Overall, there was a 2% drop in the number of road deaths between 2015-2016
in the EU. But this 2% fall in 2016 followed a 1% increase in road deaths during 2015 and a plateau during 2014. Overall, the number of road deaths recorded in Europe has fallen by a mere 1% since 2013.
Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related As new figures show road deaths in the European Union have not decreased in three years, a report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says employers, national governments and the European Union must step-up efforts to tackle the problem of work-related road risk. 25,671 lives were lost on the road in the European Union in 2016, according to new analysis of EU road safety data, also published today by ETSC. A large proportion of those were victims of workrelated road collisions. The exact number is unknown but, based on detailed analysis of data from across Europe, the authors estimate that up to 40% of all road deaths are work-related.
Improved data collection is a crucial first step to tackling work-related deaths. Police forces in the majority of EU countries do not currently register the purpose of the journey when recording the details of traffic collisions. There is also no standardised EU definition of a work-related road death. This leads to an underestimation of the scale of the problem when neither deaths of third party road users nor commuting deaths are categorised as such. The authors also say that government and public authorities should lead by example and adopt work-related road safety management programmes for their employees and their fleets and include vehicle safety in public procurement requirements.
Ireland considers linking speeding fines to income Ireland’s Road Safety Authority (RSA), an ETSC member, says it is seriously considering making proposals to link speeding fines to income.
Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “While there are some great examples of large and small organisations across Europe starting to take road safety seriously, there are thousands more that turn a blind eye to the risks their employees take every day on the roads.
The announcement follows changes to the structure of speeding fines in the UK that came into force in March 2017.
“Many companies also wrongly see road risk management as a burden rather than an opportunity. But reducing risks through journey management, targeted training and purchasing safer vehicles can cut insurance costs, lead to less time off and boost a company’s image. While employers need to do more, our report also shows that they need help and support from national governments and the EU to do it. ”
The UK has had income-linked speeding fines for some time, but the levels were increased last month for the most serious offences. Drivers can now be fined up to 175% of their weekly income, for example for driving at 101 mph on the motorway where the speed limit is 70 mph. However the fines are capped at a maximum of £2,500, or £1,000 for offences committed on nonmotorway roads. Countries including Finland also have incomelinked speeding fines known as ‘day-fines’. There are examples of fines in excess of €100,000 for the wealthiest offenders.
The RSA says it will submit its proposals to the Irish Department of Transport as soon as possible. In another speed-related development, Dublin is rolling out an extension of 30 km/h limits to cover most of the city – the extension to the area covered by 30km limits was announced in December 2016.
Switzerland is the winner of the 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award At an award ceremony in Brussels in June, Jürg Röthlisberger, Director of the Swiss Federal Road Office (FEDRO) received the 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) award on behalf of Switzerland. The annual award recognises longterm efforts to reduce deaths and serious injuries on European roads. Switzerland registered a 15% drop in road deaths in 2016. Deaths have declined by 34% since 2010, and by 60% since 2001. The country now has the lowest road mortality (26 deaths per million inhabitants) in Europe, together with Norway (last year’s winner). Switzerland has climbed five places in ETSC’s ranking over the last five years. Commenting on the award, Antonio Avenoso said: “Switzerland deserves international recognition because, despite its good record on road safety, the country has refused to rest on its laurels. Since 2013, the Via sicura programme has led to the announcement of 20 new measures. Switzerland now has zero tolerance of drink driving for novice and commercial vehicle drivers, is improving infrastructure safety and is drafting legislation to lower the risks among young and novice drivers. We hope Switzerland’s win sends a positive message to other traditional road safety leaders who have dropped the ball in recent years such as the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.”
Switzerland's Via sicura programme The Via sicura road safety action plan has been progressively implemented since 1 January 2015. Insurers must force offenders to pay Liability insurers must take recourse against speeders and motorists that are drunk or otherwise unable to drive if they cause an accident. The same applies in case of drug or substance abuse. Any contractual waivers of
recourse are invalid. Car insurance providers will send their customers information about this. The amount of regress of motor vehicle liability insurance depends Seniors: no further than the village shop The tests for aptitude to drive are to be standardised and the medical minimum requirements to be updated. Some cantons are already setting an example. For instance, the differentiated driving permit for seniors is only in effect in certain cantons. This means that seniors who no longer completely fulfil the medical minimum requirements are permitted to continue to drive under certain conditions. Such conditions may include the prohibition of night-time driving or the restriction of the driving permit to certain routes. Alcohol blood tests only as an exception In future, breath tests are to be accepted in legal procedures for alcohol blood concentrations of 0.8 mg/ml and more. Blood tests will only be used in exceptional cases, for instance, when the tested individual explicitly requests this or when there is a suspicion of substance abuse. Stricter rules for mandatory further training The obligation to attend further training courses is also about to become more strict. Motorists must attend in the following cases: Suspension of driving licence due to driving while intoxicated if the alcohol blood concentration is at least 0.8 mg/ml. This also applies to first-time offenders. Motorists whose licence has been repeatedly suspended for at least six months. This does not apply to first-time offenders. Compulsory black box for speed merchants Other measures planned for 2015: for speeders whose driving licence is suspended for at least twelve months, getting back their driving licence is subject to conditions. For five years, they may only drive cars or motorcycles that are equipped with a data recording device. Immobiliser for drunk-drivers Drunk-drivers also have to expect stricter rules in the near future: motorists whose licence has been suspended indefinitely due to driving under the influence of alcohol are only allowed to drive cars with a breath alcohol ignition interlock device for five years after that. First, however, the traffic offenders must undergo therapy. Only if their outlook is favourable are they allowed to sit behind a steering wheel again.
Apple’s iPhone will soon block texts when you’re driving
The T 8, T 12 and T 18 applicator testing programmes are a key component of industry self regulation. There is a .pdf version of the applicator certificates associated with each registration line.
Apple iPhones will soon offer a Do Not Disturb While Driving mode – which blocks all notifications, and turns off the phone’s screen. Users have to activate it first, but the phone autodetects that the user is driving and deactivates all notifications (ie from Facebook, WhatsApp and so on). Users will also be able to set up an auto-reply message – ie ‘I’m driving’ – which their friends will see if they text in. The new function has been welcomed by motoring groups. Apple said increasing driver focus is the aim of the development, which will be included in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, in the autumn. Pete Williams, spokesman for the UK RAC’s BePhoneSmart campaign, said: ‘These days it is less phone calls and more the pings and buzzes of texts and social media apps that have the potential to distract a driver from the task at hand. ‘We’re pleased that at last millions of drivers that use an Apple iPhone are about to be able to put an end to intrusive notifications while they’re behind the wheel.’ In emergency situations, recipients of that message will be able to reply with the word ‘urgent’ to push the message through. Users will also be able to set favourite contacts who are still able to reach them even when they are driving.
These can be accessed via a hyperlink off the certificate registration number. The certificates include a photograph of the applicator. T 12 certificates include schedules setting out the scope of certification.
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