This week’s first 24hr Blitz Marathon nets a handy haul of drivers, though numbers were down in Germany, while Belgium boasted the highest proportion of speeders.
Plus, an impressive debut from Finnish EV specialist Toroidion at Top Marques in Monaco. Dacia workers won’t take the govt’s word on trans-Carpathian A1. The first east-west autoroute nears completion in France. Condor’s grip on Liberation loosens again.
ALMOST 125K DRIVERS CAUGHT IN ‘SPEED BLITZ’
Numbers down in Germany; highest proportion of speeders in Belgium.
Almost 125,000 drivers were caught speeding during this week’s first pan-Europe ’24 hour Blitz Marathon’.
Twenty two countries took part, coordinated by the European Transport Police Federation TISPOL.
Conspicuously absent were France and Switzerland.
According to TISPOL figures, 122,581 drivers were fined during the campaign which ran from 06:00 on Thursday until 06:00 this morning (Friday).
The vast majority of the penalties – 91,000 – were handed out in Germany. The numbers however were slightly down on last year when 93,000 drivers were fined compared to 83,000 in 2013.
The ‘Blitz Marathon’ concept was developed in Germany and has been held for the past three years. This year was the first time the controls have been run across the Continent.
According to Der Spiegel, of the 3.255m driver speeds measured, the average proportion of speeders was 2.8%. This varied from 0.5% in Hamburg to 6% in the Saarland.
Meanwhile, in Belgium, of the 30,000 vehicles checked, 1,700 were found to be speeding, a rate of 6%.
The European average according to Deredactie.be is three percent.
Numbers to be updated as results become available.
Meanwhile, Germany and the Czech Republic have announced an enhanced cross-border policing agreement, one of a number of ‘hot pursuit-style’ arrangements now in place across the Continent.
Currently, police are allowed to operate within a 30km zone each side of the border without permission though this is now due to be extended according to Prague Post.
roundup: ROMANIA. It seems Dacia employees are not prepared to take the government at its word on the A1 trans-Carpathian motorway. Around 7000 employees demonstrated in Pitesti again yesterday demanding that the govt prioritise the road reports Romania Insider. Last week we reported the boss of the firm saying he would have a hard decision to make in 2020 if the road was not built. The govt responded almost immediately to say work would start in two years. Apparently the European Commission is also pushing on the A1. A lukewarm response to the protestors from PM Ponta however is dispiriting. FRANCE. Cross-country drives across the centre of France should be that much smoother from today as the interchanges between the A89 and A20 just north of Brive-la-Gaillarde finally come on stream (after being inaugurated by President Hollande in early February). The two roads were previously connected by 5km single lane stretches. It means ‘l’Autoroute Européen’, France’s first east-west motorway, between Geneva and Lyon, is very almost complete, save for the connection in Lyon. CROSSING THE CHANNEL. Within minutes of us tweeting that Condor Ferries finally had a grip on its new £50m ferry, Liberation – after a torrid first two weeks the ship has operated to schedule this third week – the company announces that services are cancelled on Saturday due to the weather. Under normal circumstances Liberation would be able to sail but there’s a temporary wave height limit in place pending further sea trials later this year. @Pist0lpierre, who reported his first trip for us last week, is consequently having to return home a day early… ‘Disappointed!’ he tells us.