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NEWS: No Rome for FormulaE – Denmark rejects road tolls – Swish Finn traffic cops.
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Rome will not feature on the inaugural Formula E racing calendar, announced today. It’s a big surprise considering the Eternal City was scene of the series’ first glitzy launch event last December. Since then, of course, the previous mayor has been deposed in favour of the reputedly anti-car Ignazio Marino. As we’ve reported ad infinitum, the road around the Coliseum has since been closed to private traffic because vibration and pollution from cars has damaged the ancient amphitheatre. It wouldn’t be seemly then to turn it into a racetrack. But the point of the non-vibrating, non-polluting Formula E is that they help seduce the general public away from conventionally powered vehicles. Perhaps the bike-mad ‘Mayorino’ really does have a problem with powered transport in all its forms. Let’s hope he never gets his hands on Ferrari.
Denmark – the government has rejected a proposal from its own committee to start a road pricing scheme in the capital. Instead, more money will be invested in public transport. A congestion zone plan for Copenhagen was abandoned last year after overwhelming opposition. The govt subsequently convened a panel of experts to advise on ways to tackle growing traffic. Their report, unequivocally backing a pay-per-km scheme, was published today. Transport minister Pia Olsen Dhyr says she thinks it is ‘too early’ to start work on road pricing. Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen was quoted saying, ‘Let’s get down to business instead of discussing theoretical solutions for far ahead in the future.’
Finnish police have taken delivery of a new toy, a Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake 350CDI 4MATIC. It was actually donated by Tekniikan Mailmaa ‘Technology World’ magazine who have regularly given fancy cars to the national traffic cops to celebrate milestone anniversaries. The police received a Dodge Aspen Police Special in 1978, a Volvo 245 in 1983, Audi 90 quattro in 1988 and a Jaguar S-Type R in 2003. It’s the magazine’s 60th birthday this year. On that note, police are now advising drivers to switch to winter, or even studded tyres, after the first snowfall yesterday. Winter tyres are compulsory from 1 December-1 March. Studded tyres can be used from 1 November until Easter Monday or at other times when conditions demand.
Aston Martin: 100 customers enjoyed two days of driving, boating and champagne tasting at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne in Switzerland earlier this month, part of the company’s centenary celebrations. Not jealous at all.