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Axenstrasse

A rockslide came down across the Axenstrasse (A4). It did not actually damage the road itself, since the rockwalls are so steep they flew over top of the road instead of onto it.

But the situation has been declared unsafe, the slope must be stabilized first, which according to the media could take up to two months, as they must work from helicopters.

So A4 / Axenstrasse is closed between Sisikon and Flüelen. As it is the only road on this side of the lake, traffic has to detour via Luzern.

 

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Only one track of the railway has been closed, the other is still open.

Curiously they had to temporary introduce more trains* to replace a local bus line. Usually it is the other way round.

*which isn't easy because of the temporarly reduced capacity of the railway
 

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Red sticker for 2020. And some cantonal motorways and national roads will be included in this taxation system:

Link to interactive map
 

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Geneva will introduce an environmental zone by 15 January 2020. It includes the city core and some nearby areas, though not the whole metro area or A1.

A sticker is required to drive into Geneva. It is called the Stick'AIR. The sticker is identical to the French one, with the same colors and classes, so a French sticker is also sufficient.

>> https://www.ge.ch/stick-air-circulation-differenciee



 

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I dislike this sticker-fiesta in Europe. They are making road trips very challenging, in that it requires substantial advance planning for whatever stickers you might need for traveling on different cities.
 

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This is the 'island thinking' that happens in many cities, regions or countries. Everyone wants to invent the wheel again, without looking at the bigger picture. It's commendable that Geneva picks a system that is at least compatible with their neighbors, but this sticker-fest is going too far.

The stickers are technically unnecessary. It's technically possible to check the environmental standards of every vehicle with license plate recognition. But it lacks exchange of information between motor vehicle departments of various countries and some countries don't want to provide information if there is no offense made, making electronic enforcement impossible.

Perhaps there should be an anonymized database of license plates + environmental standards. If an offense is detected, it can be forwarded to the motor vehicle department for the owner's information.
 

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I dislike this sticker-fiesta in Europe. They are making road trips very challenging, in that it requires substantial advance planning for whatever stickers you might need for traveling on different cities.
I think it is going to continue. Big busy cities will want to discourage driving inside the city centers, especially of the most polluting vehicles. And last on their list of considerations will be visitors from abroad, or even country bumpkins from their own country.

Folks living in London, Berlin, Paris Munich or Bordeaux couldn't care less about someone from Poland (full or old polluting cars) or Spain driving there. And local governments will be bending towards the will of the local population.
 

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Let's say it clear: cars are more eco than 20 years ago. Nowadays in western european cities we have more Euro3 and higher norms cars than 20 years ago. Stuttgart eliminated such cars and noted, the condition of the air has not improved.
Bigger problem is amount of cars, but "eco" way to handle with it only push people to change it on newer one.
 

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And last on their list of considerations will be visitors from abroad, or even country bumpkins from their own country.
Yes, except when they can issue large fines (500 CHF in this case). Then all the sudden it is top priority to enforce it for those few motorists from far away who are confronted with some kind of sticker system.
 

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^^ That amount is larger than 300 CHF, thus the fine cannot qualify as Ordnungsbusse (amende d'ordre). That has one advantage: The vehicle owner/registrant is not liable to its payment if he denies responsibility and the responsible driver cannot be identified otherwise.

Obviously, that only works for fines issued without id'ing the driver (left on the windshield of parked vehicle, or mailed to the owner after detection by automated systems that do not record the driver). If the offending driver is stopped on the spot, or recorded in a way allowing identification to police, there is no escape.
 

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Let's say it clear: cars are more eco than 20 years ago. Nowadays in western european cities we have more Euro3 and higher norms cars than 20 years ago. Stuttgart eliminated such cars and noted, the condition of the air has not improved.
Bigger problem is amount of cars, but "eco" way to handle with it only push people to change it on newer one.
Maybe another 10 years or so and some cities will only allow electric vehicles in their city centers.
 

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Maybe another 10 years or so and some cities will only allow electric vehicles in their city centers.
Great. It means, for example all citizens of Basel will have only a electric vehilce or nothing, and citizens of Basel Land will buy next car, in this case electric one only to go to Basel.
The problem of traffic jams, lack of parking spaces will still not be solved.
Somehow I predict also, the quality of the air will not improve as well.

In the meantime somebody will discover, that the batteries and neodymium magnets used in (of course eco) wind mills are not that enviroment friendly and we will have another enemy to fight against.
 

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Great. It means, for example all citizens of Basel will have only a electric vehicle or nothing, and citizens of Basel Land will buy next car, in this case electric one only to go to Basel.
The problem of traffic jams, lack of parking spaces will still not be solved.
Somehow I predict also, the quality of the air will not improve as well.
There is not much reason to drive into central Basel. Many residents myself included don't bother owning a car.

But in any case I meant that in 10 years electric cars might well be a majority or approaching it.
 
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