Defence ministry encourages conscripts to use public transport (Cyprus)

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The Cypriot ministry of defence is launching an initiative that it hopes will encourage those on military service to use public transport more frequently.

The new plan, which will start on 1 February, will award points to conscripts that use buses to travel to and from their units.

The draftees gathering the most points for using buses this year will earn an extra few days’ leave before their discharge.

They will also be entered into a raffle where they can win prizes, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.



Yichang wins 2016 Sustainable Transport Award (China)

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The Chinese city of Yichang has won the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award for its innovative and sustainable transport projects.

The second-largest city in the Hubei Province was recognised for launching a successful bus rapid transit system (BRT), implementing parking improvements and introducing a new bike-sharing scheme.

Yichang beat-off stiff competition from finalists Moscow (Russia) and Rosario (Argentina).

The vice-mayor of Yichang, Chuanqiang Mao, was presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC.



Service improvements boost public transport use (Ireland)

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Ireland’s transport authority says that service improvements and new technology are responsible for a rise in passenger numbers on public transport.

New data from the National Transport Authority (NTA) shows that the number of trips taken on state-subsided public transport increased by eight million in 2015 to 224 million.

According to preliminary figures, services on Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas – the city’s light-rail tram system – showed an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to 2014.



Registration for 2016 European SUMP conference opens

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Join over 300 delegates and the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, at the principal annual event for all those involved in turning the SUMP concept into practice.

The event is taking place on 12 and 13 April 2016. This year’s host is the city of Bremen (Germany), the winner of the 2014 SUMP award.



Impact of diesel ‘severely underestimated’ across Europe

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Researchers in London have found that diesel contributes up to half of the total of hazardous air pollutants in the English capital.

The worrying findings mean that the UK’s emissions inventory – a database that lists the amount of air pollutants in the atmosphere during a given time period by source – is severely underestimated.

The underestimations are significant because national emissions estimates drive national policy.

And as diesel use in the UK is within the European average, the authors say this underestimation is likely the case across the EU.



Romanian MPs propose local EV procurement legislation

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Romanian politicians have proposed new legislation that will require purchases of new municipal public transport to feature at least 50 per cent electric vehicles.

Six members of parliament have submitted the bill to the Romanian Senate in the hope that it will reduce pollution in cities and promote green transport.

If passed, the obligation will also apply to school buses and minibuses, and private companies that provide transport in cities and metropolitan areas.