Calm restored all round – Ecotax – Charging across borders

Last updated 19:30 BST.

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Weather: Chilly, some sun. Dry Eastern Europe. Fine and dry in the south west.

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Brittany: Violent demonstrations on Saturday have seen truck toll system Ecotax 'suspended indefinitely'.

Brittany: Violent demonstrations on Saturday have seen truck toll system Ecotax ‘suspended indefinitely’. Photo via Twitter/@heoltom

Despite the charges being half as much as in the rest of the country, protestors in Brittany have managed to call a halt to the upcoming Ecotax electronic truck toll system.

Following violent clashes on Saturday, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced this morning that the system had been ‘suspended indefinitely’.

Due to start in January, Ecotax filled in the gaps tolled network, applying to 15,000km of previously free motorways and main roads.

Brittany doesn’t have many railways hence the protestors argued that goods had no choice but to travel by road. The region’s agriculture industry has been hard hit in recent months with thousands of redundancies with many more jobs at risk with the higher transport costs.

The decision is a humiliating climb down for the government. Ecotax is the second new tax to be withdrawn this week and leaves a reported €800m gap in the country’s perilous finances.

For more see Ecotax, AFP, France24, thelocal.fr.

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Charging across borders.

Mutti fakes interest in the 'interchange everywhere' system at an earlier event in Berlin.

Mutti fakes interest in the ‘interchange everywhere’ system at an earlier event in Berlin.

Much has been made of the 360 degree web-based lifestyle package that comes with BMW’s new i3 electric car. Today in Copenhagen the company demonstrated the new eRoaming system. Users can pay for electricity charging points anywhere on the Continent from a single account – via the accompanying app – as long as the station is connected to the Hubject ‘interchange everywhere’ network. Just scan the QR code, plug in and that’s it. The app directs drivers to the nearest available charge point, and reserves it too. Hubject is a joint venture between BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Siemens and others. To coincide with the launch of the i3, by the end of this year the system will cover 50% of charge points in Germany with deals due in Belgium and Austria, on top of the already up and running Scandinavia. For more see www.intercharge.eu

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Calm restored. The storm has passed and schedules are almost back on track. Spare a thought though for those stuck at sea yesterday when Dover closed and its was unsafe to dock at Ijmuiden... The big mystery is Stena Line: it managed two crossings between Harwich and Hook of Holland with no delays at all.

Calm restored. The storm has passed and schedules are almost back on track, but spare a thought for those stuck at sea yesterday when its was unsafe to dock at Ijmuiden in the Netherlands and Dover Port closed. Despite 70mph winds, Dover was only closed for 2.5hrs. The Eastern Dock area escaped relatively unscathed save for the sacrificial pads on the quayside though cars parked at the cruise terminal in the Western Docks suffered some damage as huge waves breached the breakwater. The really big mystery is Stena Line: it managed two crossings between Harwich and Hook of Holland with no delays at all.

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roundup: NETHERLANDS. A 90 year old man survived four days stuck in a ditch near Hulst, Zeeland, in his disabled vehicle. RUSSIA. The former Zil factory on a bend of the Moscow River southeast of the city will be redeveloped as a residential area including the 1936 Zil Cultural Centre, the largest and last Constructivist Workers’ Club. Car making will continue on the site, albeit much reduced, likely to build Putin’s upcoming new limo. See this photo feature about the car plant – I.Likachev – as it is now. FRANCE/GREECE. Money is so tight the Police Nationale is worried about paying the rent and maintaining, fuelling and replacing its fleet of vehicles. Each unmarked radar car costs €70,000 apparently. But they have still managed to donate 10 cars to Greek colleagues. Despite being secondhand the cars are reportedly in ‘excellent condition’. Mmmn.

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