PTV Guest Blog: Air pollution control thanks to optimised traffic light management

Germany’s top administrative court has ruled that diesel cars can be banned from cities, which will spur the discussion about urban air quality. However, air pollution control is a red-hot topic elsewhere, too. Strasbourg is becoming the first city in France to optimise its traffic light management in order to cut emissions. In this interview, our Vice President Project Management & Services Frédéric Reutenauer explains the PTV Group’s role in this project. Compass: Frédéric, Strasbourg has taken an interest in the topic of clean air for a few years now… Frédéric Reutenauer: Yes, there’s been an air pollution control programme in Strasbourg since 2015 with the great name...


Traffic Management Survey targets Public Road Authorities

The ERTICO Traffic Management 2.0 Innovation Platform (TM2.0) paves the way for data and information exchange between road authorities and service providers, delivering more effective means of traffic management and preventing road users from receiving conflicting guidance information. Within the TM2.0 platform, a taskforce is developing guidelines for organisations involved or interested in traffic management collaboration, based on lessons from previous taskforces, pilots, and organisations with hands-on experience in the field. All Public Road Operators/Authorities are invited to fill in this short survey. Answers will help all European Traffic Management organisations learn from...


Cubic to expand open payment trial in Australia

Cubic Corporation announced earlier this week that it will expand the open payment trial to bring contactless ticketing into Australia, across the entire Sydney ferry and light rail network. “In New South Wales (NSW), we know transport is no longer just about infrastructure but also about embracing technology to provide the best services possible for our customers,” said Andrew Constance, NSW transport minister. “The integration of contactless transport payments into the Opal ticketing system makes the purchasing of one-off fares quick, easy and seamless, providing choice and convenience to customers.” More than 15,000 passengers have used their Mastercard to tap on and pay for travel...


European Parliament votes to modernise training for professional drivers

The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted the proposal improving the training of professional drivers during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Commission had proposed to enhance rules on professional drivers’ training to improve road safety standards in February 2017, as a revision to Directive 2003/59/EC. The proposal aims to: modernise the training by putting the accent on road safety, including for example the protection of vulnerable road users and the use of driver assistance systems, emphasizing the optimisation of fuel consumption and introducing the use of new technology, like e-learning options; clarify the rules on minimum ages between the Professional...

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