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#4 - December 2010        


In this issue, you will read how EU Transport Ministers have recognised the well-founded objectives of the Smart Move campaign, while its scope keeps expanding to now reach Central and Latin America. Buses and coaches are also a particularly Smart Move at Christmas time to help less-favoured communities. So, have a Smart Christmas and see you next year! 


EU Ministers  

Smart Move objectives endorsed by EU Transport Ministers

EU Transport Ministers endorsed Smart Move objectives while discussing ways of achieving efficient, safe, and sustainable road transport for the future, during the 1st IRU/EU Presidency Road Transport Conference and Ministerial Meeting in Brussels on 1 December.

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Coach crew professionalism saves lives

Bulgarian coach crew from the BIOMET Company, Kremena Todorava, Dobrin Ivanov and Krum Krumov, received the IRU Grand Prix d’Honneur, an international award, recognising their outstanding act of courage, bravery, and professionalism that saved the lives of 37 passengers onboard when an armed man hijacked their bus. 

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Smart Move Bus


Smart Move: From Portugal to Brazil and Mexico
Smart Move further broadens its geographical scope to promote safe, green, efficient, user-friendly, and affordable bus and coach transport in Brazil and Mexico, through the Brazilian Bus and Coach Association (ABRATI), and the Mexican Chamber of Passenger and Tourism Road Transport (CANAPAT).

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Smart Move Bus


Single-window information on Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in Europe for bus and coach operators
With some 160 European cities with Low Emission Zones (LEZs) today, the Low Emission Zones (LEZs) website provides timely and up-to-date information on Low Emission and Environment Zones around Europe.

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Bus and Coach industry gives back to community


Santa bus campaign: getting food & money to those in need

From 6 -10 December, the Santa Bus campaign collected food and monetary donations with collection bins on every bus and various bins in the Thunder Bay district of Canada. Santa Bus co-organisers, the Thunder Bay Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 966, managed to collect 1,290 pounds (585 kg) of food for the local charity, while fares and donations totalled 2,000 Canadian Dollars.

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Christmas-themed buses raise money for Australian children’s hospital

An Australian bus company, the Four Hills Buses, has decided to decorate their buses in five different Christmas themes to raise money for a local children’s hospital. The initiative that started in 2007 managed to raise more than 8,300 Australian Dollars just last year.

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London Hydrogen bus launched in December, just in time for a Smart Christmas shopping!

Eight hydrogen buses will be introduced to the London bus network before Christmas, with the first one being launched earlier in December on one of the city’s most popular routes.

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Wherever you're travelling this Christmas, remember to make the Smart Move!

Check out the Vacation Travel Carbon Guide



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    Financial incentives for passengers through partnerships with other sectors

    Insurance companies offer reduced prices for the car-insurance of annual collective/public transport subscribers.For example: Veolia Transport, together with GMF Assurances, work together in such a partnership agreement and offer for the principal car driver a 10% reduced annual insurance rate, if he/she has an annual public transport subscription.

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    Smart Move will be launched in India at Busworld in Mumbai on 12 January 2011.

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    » Publisher: Juliette Ebélé, International Road Transport Union (IRU)



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