Czechs began driving on the right side of the road on this day 80 years
ago. The Nazis introduced the change from driving on the left on March 17,
1939, two days after their occupation of the Czech lands began.
However, plans for such a switch had been in place for some time. Czechoslovakia had signed up to the Paris Convention, which committed the state to going right, in 1926 and had eventually got around to setting May 1, 1939 as the date for the switch.
The Czech airline Smartwings has announced it is complying with the
directive of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on grounding the
Boeing 737 MAX aircraft type.
The company currently operates 7 Boeing 737 MAX. A number of night flights had to be redirected to Ankara and Tunis as a result. The company has a fleet of 40 other planes at its disposal.
EASA issued the directive on Tuesday after a number of countries and airlines independently grounded their planes in reaction to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight which was operated by this aircraft type. It was already the second deadly accident of the 737 MAX, raising serious questions over its safety.
Czech Railways management are holding an emergency meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’ – near misses. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls, including reviews of train drivers and key personnel.
Locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic are overworked and often find
themselves in crisis situations, Jaroslav Vondrovič, President of the
Czech Federation of Locomotive Drivers told journalists on Wednesday. He
says the great amount of overtime work and little rest is a big problem
that leads to locomotive drivers making mistakes.
His comments came as Czech Railways management convened a special meeting Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and ‘incidents’. They will likely agree on stricter safety measures and tighter controls.
Currently, there is a shortage of at least 300 locomotive drivers in the Czech Republic. Inexperienced young drivers are often put into situations where they can make errors, railway authorities say.
The management of Czech Railways will meet to debate safety issues on
Wednesday following a spate of accidents and near-accidents around the
country. The management is likely to agree on stricter safety measures and
The number of "incidents“ and "accidents“ at Czech Railways has seen a sharp increase since the start of the year with inspectors investigating 220 cases.
There have been two accidents this week alone, with twenty-three people injured in a head-on collision of passenger trains in Brno on Tuesday, and five injured in a train crash in the Chrudim region just a day earlier.
Twenty-three people were injured in a train collision at Brno’s main
railway station on Tuesday morning.
Paramedics say that eleven of them were transported to hospital, the others suffered lighter injuries.
Emergency workers evacuated 250 people from the trains, which met in a head-on collision.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Czech Railways has had a heightened number of accidents in recent days.
Five people were injured in a train collision in the Chrudim region on Monday, and on February 19th a runaway train travelled six kilometers without a driver eventually coming to a stop on an uphill slope.
Five people are reported to have been injured in a train collision in the
Chrudim region shortly after midday on Monday. One was a passenger train,
the other was empty, in the process of being moved to a different track.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. In a preliminary assessment of the accident Czech Railways said it could not rule out human error.
The Czech government has just approved a bill under which the providers of taxi services would no longer be required to use taximeters. Ministers say they want to create a level playing field for operators of app-based services. For their part, traditional taxi firms say the move could lead to major problems.
Prague City Council has agreed to introduce free public transport,
including trains, during smog alerts. The cost to the budget would be
approximately five million crowns per day.
In recent years, Prague City Hall has considered implement a range of regulations to be enforced during periods when the city is hit by particularly bad air pollution.
These include requiring factories to temporarily reduce output during periods of high smog barring trucks from entering the city.
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