30kph town centre speed limit recommended
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.