Germany: An algorithm is going to help in dealing with the problem of the lack of parking places for trucks

Germany: An algorithm is going to help in dealing with the problem of the lack of parking places for trucks

Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is working on an intelligent method of unburdening the existing parking lots for trucks. "Telematically Controlled Compact Parking" - this is the name of the project of the German instutition BASt. It is going to be executed through the algorithm. "Its aim is to increase the capacity of the parking lots at the motorway hotels and reduce the number of dangerous parking maneuvers while maintaining the prescribed periods of work and rest for drivers," says the the German transport website logistra.de....

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The German government is planning changes in the regulation on working time for drivers. They will come into force in the coming weeks

The German government is planning changes in the regulation on working time for drivers. They will come into force in the coming weeks

The manual entry in digital tachographs which takes into account days off is to be mandatory and the standby time of the driver is to be counted as "other work". According to the verkehrsrundschau.de website last Friday the Federal Council of Germany (Bundesrat) adopted a number of amendments to the Regulation on crews of motor vehicles (Fahrpersonalverordnung, FPersV in short) regulating the working time of drivers. The federal government in the draft amendment explains that the standby time for the driver shall be treated as the so-called other...

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The creator of Facebook encountered the world of truck drivers and... is impressed!

The creator of Facebook encountered the world of truck drivers and... is impressed!

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the popular social networking site, talks about his impressions after his visit to one of the largest truck stops for truck drivers in America. A month ago, Zuckerberg posted the photos of his visit in the IOWA 80 - the largest truck stop for truck drivers - on his Facebook profile. Here is what he says about his encounter with the world of transport: It's like a small city where truckers on long trips can take a break, get something to eat, get a haircut, do laundry, get their truck washed -- or their dog washed!...

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A deaf German fulfils his dream about being a truck driver

A deaf German fulfils his dream about being a truck driver

Nils is 22 years old and truck is his second home. He has always wanted to sit behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the way to achieve this was full of obstacles. BR Fernsehen, German television, aired a short documentary which tells the story of a young deaf man who did not succumb to the adversities and fulfilled his biggest dream. 22-year-old Nils basically always wanted only one thing – to sit behind the wheel of a truck. This dream was growing inside of him when he was a kid. His uncle and grandfather took him on rides in a silo vehicle, a...

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The European Commission modifies the EC 853-2004 regulation – meat can be transported at a temperature above 7°C

The European Commission modifies the EC 853-2004 regulation – meat can be transported at a temperature above 7°C

The amendment to the regulation will allow the transport of carcasses of pigs and small ruminants. However, approval of the relevant authorities will be needed. The new provisions will come into force at the end of the year. The proposal initiated by the French association of meat industry entrepreneurs Culture Viande with IFIP, ANSES and DGAL with support at the European level – UECBV (European Livestock & Meat Trading Union) was positively adopted by the European Commission. The draft published by Culture Viande on July 4 regarding the amendment...

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A road-rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany will be created. The crossing will be four times faster than the ferry

A road-rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany will be created. The crossing will be four times faster than the ferry

Soon it will probably be decided that an 18 km tunnel connecting Denmark with Germany will be created. The investment costs are estimated at 7 billion euro. The road with two lanes in each direction and a double-track railway line will run under the Fehmarn Belt Strait, between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland. This will be the longest such transport corridor in the World. The travel time on this route will be approx. 10 minutes by car and 7 minutes by train. Right now you have to wait even 45 minutes for the ferry....

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Germany: Harsher penalties for people blocking emergency corridors

Germany: Harsher penalties for people blocking emergency corridors

Previously the fine for this offense was 20 euros. Now the bracket starts at 200 euros and in extreme cases the culprit may end in jail. German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt announced last year that the penalties for blocking emergency corridors will be harsher. The website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure informs about the rule changes. Police and emergency services still have problems during interventions. It's an irresponsible behaviour (ed.: in relation to not creating an emergency corridor) and it may be life...

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Germany: The truck driver kept his cool and prevented the tragedy. He was driving a burning tanker through a Bavarian town

Germany: The truck driver kept his cool and prevented the tragedy. He was driving a burning tanker through a Bavarian town

If not for his nerves of steel and common sense there could have been an explosion in the city. German television website rtlnext.de told the story of Jürgen Heim, a 49-year-old driver, who prevented a tragedy thanks to his sobriety of mind and composure. He was driving a tanker with 25,000 l of diesel and 10,000 l of gasoline through Schrobenhausen, a Bavarian town, when he noticed fire in the rear-view mirror. The first knee-jerk reaction is such a situation is the desire to escape but the man knew that if he jumped out of the vehicle it will...

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The Chinese will pay 11.7 billion dollars for the storage industry leader. This will be the most expensive deal in Asia

The Chinese will pay 11.7 billion dollars for the storage industry leader. This will be the most expensive deal in Asia

The Global Logistic Properties (GLP), renting warehouse space to the world's largest players in the e-commerce market, will be sold to a Chinese consortium for 11.7 billion dollars. According to the BBC website, the acquisition of Global Logistic Properties (GLP), based in Singapore, will be the most expensive private equity transaction (medium or long-term financing of private companies which are not yet listed on the stock exchange) in Asia. The winning consortium, which will take over the GLP for 11.7 billion dollars, consists of a number...

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Driver! Dehydration as dangerous as alcohol

Driver! Dehydration as dangerous as alcohol

The research carried out a few years ago seems to suggest that even mild dehydration doubles the number of mistakes made by drivers. In this respect dehydrated drivers are as bad as the intoxicated ones. The problem of dehydrated drivers returns especially in summer when there is one more nuisance besides the usual ones... the high temperature. There is a common view that many drivers avoid drinking beverages during long journeys to avoid toilet breaks. We know, however, that even mild dehydration may cause symptoms such as headache, fatigue...

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