30kph town cen­tre speed limit rec­om­mended

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Spanish News -

A new re­port by road safety ex­perts says that the max­i­mum speed limit in built-up ar­eas should be 30kph. They claim this would lead to a no­table de­crease in the num­ber of pedes­tri­ans se­ri­ously in­jured in road ac­ci­dents.

The study has been pre­sented to Trá­fico by Madrid­based strate­gic con­sul­tants Pons Road Safety, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the or­gan­i­sa­tion Walk­ing Cities Net­work, un­der the ti­tle Cities De­signed for Walk­ing.

It claims that any­one struck by a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling at less than 30 kph has a 90% chance of sur­vival.

The DGT traf­fic department says that the sec­ond largest num­ber of deaths recorded on Spain’s roads in 2016 was linked to col­li­sions be­tween ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans. A to­tal of 389 fa­tal­i­ties were re­ported, and within cities, fig­ures showed an in­crease of 18%. News Staff Re­porter CON­SUMER group Facua has called for “a reg­u­la­tory re­form of the avi­a­tion sec­tor”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was re­spond­ing last Thurs­day to the an­nounce­ment by Ryanair the pre­vi­ous day that it plans to re­vise its pas­sen­ger bag­gage rules in Novem­ber.

As re­ported in CB­News last week, the Ir­ish car­rier is to end its pol­icy of al­low­ing two free bags for each pas­sen­ger in the cabin, claim­ing that it causes de­lays, but is to re­duce its fees for lug­gage which is checked in to be car­ried in the hold.

From Novem­ber 1, Ryanair’s check-in bag al­lowance will in­crease from 15 kg to 20 kg, while the fee for lug­gage in the hold will be re­duced from £35/€35 to £25/€35. Cus­tomers will have to pay £5/€5 for pri­or­ity board­ing from Novem­ber 1 if they want to carry a wheelie bag on board; non-pri­or­ity trav­ellers will be re­stricted to one small carry-on bag, with wheelie bags placed in the hold free of charge at the board­ing gate.

Facua is not im­pressed with Ryanair’s new lug­gage ar­range­ments. In a state­ment, the con­sumer group said they were “par­tic­u­larly detri­men­tal for pas­sen­gers with valuables such as lap­tops, many of which do not fit in a bag and are usu­ally car­ried in the cabin, not the hold, to avoid loss or dam­age”.

It adds that ad­di­tional charges should be in­cluded in the ticket price and claims that air­lines are de­valu­ing ben­e­fits to pas­sen­gers by sell­ing a grow­ing num­ber of ba­sic ser­vices as ex­tras.

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