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New auto fuel standard in the offing

The Government of India (GOI) is in the process of introducing a new auto emission and fuel efficiency standard. Called CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), the standard will require auto manufacturers to design vehicles to give mileage of 17.3km/litre of petrol compared to the existing average mileage of 14.3km/litre. Diesel cars will have to give 19.9km/litre, up from the existing ...

FSAI gets new president

NS Narendra, Chairman and Managing Director, Firepro Systems has been appointed as the new president of the Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI). FSAI, a fast growing organisation, consists of individual practitioners, organisations and government bodies. It also works with Central and State government bodies in designing and implementing safety and security policies. One of the guiding principles of ...

Meeting the ITS challenge in Delhi

Since the last three years, Delhi Traffic Police has been trying to bring Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to the national capital. But its tenders have failed to get a positive response. It has floated tenders again now. Why? Will Delhi get ITS this time round? Or, will it have to wait? Vidyottama Sharma tries to put the pieces together.

Women less distracted while driving

A survey of 1,000 drivers by Santander, a car insurance firm in the UK, has found that men are twice prone to be distracted while driving when compared with women. 11% of the men surveyed were found to have got into accidents because of not concentrating on the road while driving. The corresponding figure for women drivers was 5%. About ...

TagMaster to collaborate with Siemens Mobility

TagMaster, a well known Swedish RFID solutions provider, has announced that it will be a part of Siemens Mobility’s solutions for better traffic management and Selective Vehicle Detection (SDV). TagMaster’s long-range RFID readers and ID-tags will play a critical part in Siemens Mobility’s solutions. The company’s mobility solution was presented at the recent Traffex trade show which was held in ...

Running buses on highway shoulders

To ease traffic congestion in Twin Cities, an experiment of running buses on the highway shoulders at reduced speed was carried out. Today, the same experiment has matured to a foolproof system and is one of the most successful efforts in reducing traffic congestion in Twin Cities that can be emulated by many cities of the world. The author, Aaron Isaacs, was the expert behind the novel idea.

German Transport Minister emphasises electric mobility

Peter Ramsauer, German Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development on a three day visit to India, highlighted the importance of electric mobility by building more electric cars. The Minister emphasised the importance of building an energy efficient transport sector and the commitment of the German government in promoting electric mobility. Germany hopes to have about a million electric vehicles on ...

Mumbai to get two-in-one taxis

Mumbai will soon get two-in-one taxis with the Maharashtra government agreeing to grant permission for them. Passengers travelling in the traditional black-and-yellow taxis will now have the option to request the driver to turn on the air conditioner for an extra fare. The proposal has to be cleared by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority before it can be implemented. ...

Virar-Alibaug Corridor near completion

The feasibility study of the ambitious project of Virar-Alibaug Multi-Modal Corridor is reaching completion. Project planning consultants, Louis Berger & Group Inc, is expected to submit the final reports in a few months to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). S V R Srinivas, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, has said, “The planning of alternative alignment works and surveys are ...

Knowing socio-political profile of drivers is important before intervention: Dr CP Joshi

Conference on road safety gives recommendations to the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Instead of talking in general about interventions needed in road accidents, it is imperative to know the nature of accident and the stage where you need intervention,” said Dr C P Joshi, Union Cabinet Minister for Road Transport and Highways at an international conference on ...