Transport
First 'average speed' cameras set up in Latvia
The first 'average speed' cameras are being installed on the Rīga bypass Salaspils – Babīte (A5). It will start working at the beginning of March, the Latvian State Roads (LVC) said on January 27.
Roads still slippery Thursday in Latvia
On Thursday morning, snow and ice make driving difficult in some places in Latvia, particularly in Zemgale, Vidzeme, and Latgale, Latvian State Roads said.
High interest in buying drunk drivers' lost cars
Cars seized from drunk drivers can be purchased by anyone at the State Revenue Service (VID) auctions, and interest in them is high, Zemgale regional television reported on January 26.
5.4 million passengers used Rīga Airport in 2022
According to data published by the Central Statistical Bureau on January 24, in 2022 passenger turnover at Riga International Airport comprised 5.4 million passengers, which is 3 million or 2.3 times more than in 2021 and 2.7 times more than in 2020. Both those years were heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
airBaltic market share at Rīga airport decreases
The market share of the Latvian national airline airBaltic according to the number of passengers transported at Rīga airport decreased by 6.3 percentage points last year – to 50.9%, according to information on the website of Rīga International Airport on January 24, LETA reported.
Drunk drivers often drive other people's cars: police
Despite the changes in the Criminal Law which provide for car confiscation in the case of heavy intoxication, the trends have not yet changed, with most drunk drivers tipping the scales above 1.5 permilles. In addition, more than half of them have driven a vehicle belonging to another person, the State Police representative Andris Rinkevics told Latvian Radio on January 24.
Rīga to start improving environment around Rail Baltica
At the end of January, construction work will be launched to integrate the Rail Baltica railway into the Rīga Center infrastructure. Three crossings will be rebuilt by the end of the year and pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure will be built anew, said the Rīga City Council (RD) on January 24.
Front door entrance only on some Rīga buses
As of February 1, several trolleybus and bus routes will be re-organized in Riga, with passenger embarkation being organized only through the front doors, while passenger disembarkation will be organized through the middle and rear doors, Rīga's public transport company Rīgas Satiksme (RS) said on January 22.
Icy roads in Latvia Friday morning
At 6:30 on Friday, January 20, snow and ice on the roads of Latvia create difficult driving conditions throughout the country, said Latvian State Roads (LVC).
EUR 2 million fine imposed on public transport cartel
The Competition Council (KP) has imposed a total fine of €1.975 million on three regional passenger carriers - JSC “Liepājas autobusu parks” (RAP), JSC “Nordeka” and “Latvijas sabiedriskais autobuss” Ltd – for an illegal agreement, KP said on January 18.
Latvian Railways launch freight transport in Estonia
Latvian Railways (Latvijas Dzelzceļš, LDz) launched freight transport in Estonia last week. In recent years, the company aims at diversifying the markets and cargo segment. Last year was difficult for the transit sector – both railways and ports but better than expected, Latvian Radio reported January 16.
'Twitterconvoy's' 1000th vehicle heads from Latvia to Ukraine
On Friday, January 13, in Mārupe, where the head of the vehicle donation drive 'Twitterconvoy' Reinis Pozņaks collects donated cars to deliver to Ukraine, the thousandth car arrived. This time it is an ambulance, Latvian Radio reported.
Public transport app problems observed with new ticket launch
At the beginning of the year, Rīga's public transport company Rīgas Satiksme launched a new ticket offer and revised their mobile app. As usual with upgrades, passengers are complaining about issues with money missing from accounts or tickets not working and subsequent fines imposed, Latvian Television's 4. studija reported on January 13.
State aid to buy electric cars will be extended in Latvia
The number of electric vehicles purchased with State aid is still small due to the lack of cars on the market. Car dealers say that the time of car deliveries depends on the manufacturer, which can take between six months and 1.5 years. The responsible Ministry has promised to extend the period of the State aid program until the end of the following year, Latvian Radio reported on January 13.
Ten more buses head from Rīga to Kyiv
On the morning of Tuesday, January 10, ten more “Rīgas Satiksme” (Riga Transport) public buses started on their way from Rīga to Kyiv. The buses were filled with donations to Ukraine, the Rīga City Council said.
Icy roads in Latvia Monday morning
Ice on the roads makes driving conditions difficult across Latvia on Monday morning, according to the Latvian State Roads (LVC).
Bus driver shortages in Latvia
The lack of passenger bus drivers in Latvia is critical. This is particularly true during the winter season when people get ill more often. Despite passengers not feeling the impact, there are issues in the industry, Latvian Television reported on January 6.
Sarkandaugava overpass hopefully to be open in March
The tens-of-millions-worth overpass in Sarkandaugava across railway line Rīga-Skulte has been completed, but traffic is still not allowed. The Rīga City Council has named yet another deadline when cars will be able to drive on it, hoping to open the traffic in March, Latvian Rdio reported January 6.
Roads still slippery Friday morning in Latvia
On Friday morning, snow and ice make driving difficult in some places in Latvia, particularly on the Bauska highway between Grenctāle and Dimzukalns, Latvian State Roads said.
Driving difficult Thursday morning across Latvia
On Thursday  morning, driving conditions along the country's main roads are difficult throughout Latvia, with snowdrifts and ice forming on the roads and poor visibility due to snowfall.
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