Mid-November 2023 remarkable developments that characterize our contemporary society. We see a diversity of themes emerging, ranging from youth culture to environmental policy and international trade. A recent trend in nightlife culture shows that young people often already... tipsy getting on your bike after 'drinking at home', a phenomenon that has increased due to rising prices in the catering industry.
Research by the University of Amsterdam shows that more than 60% of young people between 16 and 24 years old regularly consume alcohol at home before going out. This behavior not only poses health risks, but also increases the risk of traffic accidents.
In Paris, the city known for its progressive environmental policies, a new step is being taken with the introduction of elevated parking fees for SUVs. This measure is an attempt to reduce polluting vehicles and will affect approximately 892.336 cars, although eco-friendly models such as the Tesla Model 3 and Audi Q4 35 e-Tron are excluded.
Another notable development is the choice of Vatican City for one green future in collaboration with Volkswagen. The handover of two electric Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance models to the Vatican marks the start of an ambitious project to make the city-state climate neutral by 2030. This initiative is a clear sign of the shift towards sustainable mobility. Mid-November 2023
Eindhoven Airport plays a key role in international trade, especially after Brexit. The airport facilitates a significant volume of freight traffic and is supported by various freight forwarding companies that are crucial for the transport and logistics of imported and exported goods. However, Brexit has new challenges including additional customs controls and documentation requirements, which affects the mobility of goods.
Finally, an interesting solution has been proposed for the acute shortage of bus drivers in the Netherlands: it retrain of taxi drivers. Henk Meurs, professor of mobility, emphasizes that this can not only be beneficial for taxi drivers due to better employment conditions, but also offers an effective solution for public transport. In addition, the use of more trams or self-driving buses in cities such as Utrecht is being considered.