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NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

May 20, 2018-The Nepal Army has completed the track opening job of Mailung-Syaphrubesi road section that links Kathmandu with Rasuwagadi, the only international trade border point with China. Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel on Sunday inaugurated the recently opened track. During the occasion the NA handed over the responsibility of the road to the Ministry of Transport.

With the opening of the new track, the Galchi-Trishuli-Mailung-Syaphrubesi route has become the shortest road to reach China from the Capital. The new road will cut the distance to reach Rasuwagadi by about 30kms from the earlier route via Dhunche.

Defence Minister Pokharel, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghibir Mahaseth, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri among others were present during the road inauguration ceremony. The NA technical team, however, informed that the recently opened two-lane road along the road section cannot be operated during the monsoon season for about 2 years. NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

NA opens Mailung-Syaphrubesi road track, hands over road to Transport Ministry

Published: 20-05-2018 17:13

  1. The Kathmandu Post[1]
  2. >National[2]
  3. > Post Report[3]

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  2. ^ National (kathmandupost.ekantipur.com)
  3. ^ Post Report (kathmandupost.ekantipur.com)

PTV to highlight road safety issues and solutions at International Transport Forum Summit

PTV to highlight road safety issues and solutions at International Transport Forum Summit

German transportation software developer PTV Group will show how new mobility analysis tools can help improve safety on the world’s roads at next week’s International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global transport policy event, the ITF Summit will take place from May 23-25, with around 1,400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries expected to attend.

The Summit’s focus this year is on road safety under the banner ‘Transport Safety & Security’. The PTV Group will show how new mobility concepts can help improve safety on the roads. As governments and highway authorities worldwide adopt the ‘Vision Zero’ concept of nil road fatalities, PTV will be demonstrating how intelligent software solutions are helping to achieve this by integrating different aspects of road safety analysis into strategic decisions for transport planning and preparation for future mobility scenarios.

PTV will be showing how the use of computer modeling and simulation systems will allow road operators to examine strategies more precisely and understand the effects of individual measures. The company will be presenting its Vistad software system for the first time at the ITF. Designed to enable cooperative use by multiple agencies and stakeholders, Vistad is a state-of-the-art software system for the collection, validation and analysis of traffic accident data.

With over 1,000 users worldwide, the application is already standard equipment at 11 of 16 police agencies in the German federal states. As well as police and government agencies, Vistad is being increasingly used by communities, road safety organizations and accident commissions to help formulate effective mitigation measures and advance traffic crash research. PTV to highlight road safety issues and solutions at International Transport Forum Summit

PTV is highlighting the importance of road safety to the company, which is underscored by the newly-created position of ‘solution director of traffic safety’, which Sofia Salek de Braun took over in September 2017. The native Bolivian has been committed to the topic of traffic safety at the company for many years, and she regards a large part of her job as raising the public awareness of traffic safety issues. During a press conference at the Summit, PTV’s road safety ambassador will report on how she works to develop concrete actions and initiatives relating to Vision Zero with international partners including the World Bank.

At the ITF’s ‘Women mobilize Women’ conference the day before, de Braun will also deliver a keynote speech on the topic ‘Why safe roads and transport matter to all of us.’ Her work at the Summit concludes with a talk on ‘Mobilizing Multi-Stakeholder Actions for Road Safety – a case example from Bolivia’, which is based on a practical example from de Braun’s homeland where she has been working for greater safety on the roads since 2016, by assisting various actors to formulate a transport safety program. “I am convinced that change is only possible if all actors in a transport system, from the authorities to automobile manufacturers to each individual driver, take responsibility and work together,” noted de Braun. “For the first time in Bolivia, members of national, regional and local governments sat down at the table with representatives from the police, universities, industry, media and voluntary organizations. Only this way could we change so much there.”

May 17, 2018

Written by Adam Frost

EU targets 30 percent cut in truck CO2 emissions by 2030: source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union executive will propose at least a 30 percent reduction target for CO2 emissions from trucks by 2030, an EU source said on Monday, as the bloc seeks to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The target will be the first ever CO2 standard for trucks in the EU, which has no limits on what accounts for almost one quarter of the bloc’s transport-related emissions. Countries such as the United States, China, Japan and Canada have already set targets to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks.

Environmental campaigners alongside France and some other EU governments have pushed for an ambitious CO2 reduction target of at least 24 percent for 2025 and 34-45 percent for 2030. The Commission will also propose an intermediary target of 15 percent and would introduce an incentive system of credits to reward manufacturers who invest more in low-carbon technologies, the source said. Credits would be allowed to relax manufacturer’s annual CO2 targets for heavy duty vehicles by no more than 3 percent, while for buses, coaches and small lorries by 1.5 percent.

Europe’s Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete has had a flurry of meetings with the auto industry and environment campaigners in the past four months that have led up to Thursday’s unveiling of the European Commission’s draft legislation. Other EU Commissioners will vote on Wednesday to approve the proposal, which then needs to win the backing of national governments and the European Parliament. A 30 percent target would cut about 54 million tonnes of CO2 from the bloc’s emissions from 2020 to 2030, or roughly the size of Sweden’s yearly output, according to the Commission’s estimates.

It argues that the benefits outweigh the technological cost of meeting the new CO2 standards, leading to lower fuel consumption, reduced transport company bills, job creation and a more competitive auto industry. Europe’s powerful car industry lobbied this month for a 16 percent tail-pipe CO2 reduction between 2019 and 2030, with an intermediate target of 7 percent in 2025, the ACEA industry group said in a statement. Thursday’s proposal to curb transport pollution is part of the bloc’s overall pledge to cut emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

It follows new draft rules on CO2 standards for cars.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Additional reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Edmund Blair

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