Friday, April 24, 2009

Some other interesting facts regarding the use of mobile phones in vehicles are as follows:-

  • Using a hand held phone has the greatest impact on performance – so hands free is safer but even using hands free is far more dangerous than driving under the influence of drink.
  • Reaction times are, on average, 30% slower when using a mobile phone compared to being drunk – and 50% slower than normal – with drivers unable to maintain a constant speed or safe distance from the vehicle in front.
  • As outlined above, research shows that drivers are 4 times more likely to crash while using a mobile phone. This enhanced period extends for several minutes after the call is terminated.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that legislation should differentiate between the use of hand held or hands free.
  • Specific bans on using hand-held mobiles while driving are already in place in the following : Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Rep., Chile, Denmark, Eire, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, S.Africa, S.Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. Portugal and New Delhi also have legislation that prohibits hands-free.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Light Rail

The City of Sydney is committed to working in partnership with the State Government to deliver a sustainable transport strategy that will result in quick, affordable, reliable, clean, safe, accessible and frequent transport for the future.

The City supports extending the current light rail system between Central Station and Circular Quay to relieve CBD transport congestion.

The City has committed funds to assist with public infrastructure works required for the extension of light rail, and will continue to call on State and Federal Governments to support the proposal.

The City needs a world-class public transport system that is well planned and resourced, efficient and integrated.

An efficient and integrated public transport system is also an essential cornerstone of sustainable development.

Growth, especially in the airport to CBD corridor, is creating increasing demands on our transport system. As a result, Sydney faces significant traffic congestion and a lack of capacity in public transport.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Cycling in Edinburgh

Cycling is a cheap, quick and healthy way to get around the city. The City of Edinburgh Council is working towards ensuring that cycling is an attractive, safe and secure option for all short and medium distance journeys.

“It’s faster and cheaper for me to take the bike, and I get regular exercise. Cycling also lets you take in your surroundings more and stop off at a shop or the bank on the way without having to worry about parking.” - Julia, Edinburgh

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Features of Tata Nano Car

TATA Nano features

  • 624cc petrol engine
  • 33BHP
  • 20km per litre mileage, upto 26km per litre on highway
  • 30 liter petrol tank
  • 4 door, 5-seater
  • Rear engine, front boot
  • 4 speed manual gear box
  • On road price expected to be around Rs. 1 lakh 25 thousand
  • front disc brakes and drums in the rear
  • Euro 4 compliant
  • Top speed 90kmph
  • 21% more space than Maruti 800!

Standard model would cost roughly Rs. 1,25,000 onroad

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Old Bikes

Early 19th century

Mid 20st century
21st century