While Paris struggles with a mobility dilemma ahead of the Olympic Games and Mayor Hidalgo faces criticism over traffic plans, Wondelgem remains in the grip of endless street works this week.
The announcement of a new 48-hour strike at NMBS, scheduled for early December, indicates the ongoing tensions between the railway unions and management. Legal employer HR Rail confirms that ACOD and VSOA, two of the three major rail unions, are determined to continue with their strike plans despite new concessions from the employer. The Christian trade union ACV Transcom has chosen not to join this action.
This strike is a direct response to the persistent dissatisfaction about planned internal reorganizations at NMBS. The controversial proposal to halve the start-up time of train conductors to 10 minutes is causing a lot of commotion among the unions.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, expresses her concerns about the planned changes to the Paris ring road, the Périphérique, in the run-up to the Olympic Games. The proposed reduction of the speed limit to 50 km/h and the restriction to one lane for carpoolers are controversial measures. These steps are intended to reduce CO2 emissions, but there are doubts about their effectiveness.
In Flanders, entrepreneurs and residents are faced with serious inconvenience as a result of extensive street works. The closed streets, such as the Evergemsesteenweg in Wondelgem, not only cause inconvenience for residents and entrepreneurs, but also make accessibility and road safety more difficult.
Following the recent victory of the PVV in the Dutch elections, led by Geert Wilders, the focus on mobility and traffic is being reexamined. The PVV, which sees mobility as an essential part of freedom, advocates maintaining affordable public transport and driving, and proposes to increase the speed limit on some roads to 140 km/h.
Harry, a driver with more than 30 years of experience at Willemsen-de Koning, shares his insights about the switch to electric vehicles in student transport. Despite the sustainability benefits, this change brings unique challenges, such as the fear of roadside stops and the difficulty of finding suitable drivers.
Pitane Mobility, an established name in the taxi sector, is preparing for a significant transformation with the switch to an Open Core model. This strategic decision marks a new era of growth and innovation and opens doors for adaptations and collaborations in the taxi sector, with a focus on the integration of artificial intelligence.