Trucks to pay up to €1,300 in road usage charge
The government approved on Thursday a road usage fee for trucks that could cost operators of heavier and more polluting vehicles up to €1,300 annually.
31.03.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
Additional inspection of crashed vehicles considered
The state has decided to order additional inspection of vehicles that have caused traffic accidents as the latter are often repaired on a budget. Insurers believe the measure is unnecessary.
27.03.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Tallinn to install speed cameras
Automatic speed cameras will start catching throttle-happy drivers in Tallinn in the near future.
17.01.2017, Uwe GnadenteichPM
New road in need of repairs
A big hole in the asphalt cover on the Tartu-bound side of the Kurna-Luige section of the Tallinn ring road caused the part of the road to be closed when it appeared on July 11. It now turns out major deposits of concrete waste were left inside the relatively new road section.
13.10.2016, Piret LaksonPM
Technical inspection rules to change
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal has sent out for coordination the new traffic act bill that will lead to a more flexible technical inspection procedure. The draft act will change how vehicles are submitted for regular, repeat, and extraordinary inspections and exempt vehicles used only on small islands from regular inspection.
05.10.2016, Eleen LaasnerPM
Three young lives lost in car wreck
Saturday night saw a severe traffic accident in Ida-Viru County with three young people perished. On basis of immediate information available, the police suspects risky driving.
01.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Superbus exits Estonia with court victory
Having beaten Road Administration in lengthy court battle, Bus Transport Holding OÜ i.e. Superbus says it is leaving Estonia due to the stupid situation which would arise should the administration finally opt to issue the line permits applied for a year ago. The CEO Lauri Helke, a Finn, is open about the local 30 bus drivers being more than welcome in Finland where the bus company is a super success.
26.07.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: the vociferous surrender of Superbus
«We had big plans in Estonia but regrettably we cannot carry them out,» owner of SuperBus.com trademark Bus Transport Holding OÜ announced at end of last week.
Editorial: driving tests driven off country roads
By the time the Republic turns 100 years old, Road Administration is intent to do driving tests in the toughness of city streets only.
Regional driving tests options go into reverse
Starting October 1st, Road Administration will launch a central examination center. From 2018, A and B category driving tests will be available in just six cities instead of the current 17 bureaus.
06.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Road Administration repents in dust and ashes
For Road Administration, scheming by bus companies with phantom stops was an unpleasant surprise. In near future, they intend to alter the rules.
13.06.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Phantom stops forced by state on bus companies
No longer do the new Lux Express buses speed straight from Tallinn to Tartu. Rather, they do stops in places where probability of picking someone up is next to nothing. The phantom stops have been enforced by the state.
13.06.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Swedish-American invalid carriage caught in Estonian red tape
For quite a time, the wheelchaired Jako Stein sought for a fitting vehicle. He got one finally from Sweden but in Estonia the Road Administration requires costly lab tests for a van for years acceptable on Swedish roads.
18.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Estonia to raise speed limit to 110 on 133 kms of road this summer
The Estonian Road Administration will start placing signs on Wednesday to raise the maximum legal speed to 110 kilometers per hour in select sections spanning altogether 133 kilometers of the country's main roads during the warm season.
Drunk driver to equal murderer
This summer looks gloomy to the hardened drunk drivers of Estonia. Come July, serial offenders will automatically undergo shock jail time. A death caused while behind the wheel heavily drunk will count as murder regarding years in prison.
06.04.2016, Oliver KundPM
Less deaths, all else the same
Road Administration and Police and Border Guard Board last year's report observes that traffic deaths are down to 1945 level while overall driving culture is no better. Number of accidents is stable as well as humans injured.
11.03.2016, Liis VelskerPM
«Not humans but robots» – truck drivers honk horn at perceived police persecution
As one, truckers of Estonia have opted to open their mouths and speak their mind about the punitive police raids seemingly bordering on bullying and increasing in volume. Instead of improving anything, they say it's applying brakes on business.
11.03.2016, Aivar PauPM
Handwriting helpful to decipher murders and forgery
In her daily work, Forensic Science Institute (EKI) handwriting expert Eve Kristjankroon reveals falsifiers of wills and identity thieves. If needed, she solves a murder mystery.
16.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian e-tiger lost its roar
At the beginning of the century, Estonia as e-state developed rapidly and received abundant praise in other places of the world. By now, the development tempo is substantially down and, rather, we come across as the laggard.
13.11.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Greedy driver may spell village folks with no bus
Is this the Soviet past, or the too low wages? Whatever the case, Road Administration is troubled to find that some bus drivers put part of ticket money in personal pant pockets.
10.11.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Young woman repeatedly flunked by examiners under criminal suspicion
With details emerging about the driving test examiners criminally suspected beginning to emerge, the ones examined by such are justified in asking how they can be sure they were not being flunked intentionally for the purpose of personal gain.
03.11.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Superbus granted line permits for 3 routes
The Estonian Road Administration has granted Superbus line permits for the Tallinn-Parnu, Tallinn-Narva and Tallinn-Tartu routes, it can be seen from the latest record.
Editorial: The Fall of Corruption
This fall, hardly a week goes by with no corruption case popping into public limelight. The former Port of Tallinn bosses. The Mayor of Tallinn suspected in accepting bribes. The incidents at local governments… The latest? Driving licence tests bribery suspicions at Road Administration, and a «passport mafia» network built on Police and Border Guard Board people.
«Can't say for sure,» Road Administration director-general Priit Sauk told Postimees when asked if bribes were limited to Tallinn division alone - where five out of nine examiners are suspected in accepting or arranging bribes.
Want an easier driving test? Pay €200 extra
Road Administration has asked for help by driving test examiners from other regions, to fill the hole created by five out of nine examiners at Tallinn division suspected in accepting bribes.
27.10.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Driving licenses gotten by bribes to be withdrawn
Road Administration director-general Priit Sauk promises that recordings of practical driving tests by those that police says gave bribes will be separately reviewed.
27.10.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Two middle managers of Estonian Road Administration resign due to scandal
Two middle managers of the Estonian Road Administration tendered their resignation on Friday after having admitted that they knew about the graft scheme.
26.10.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Gold fraud flop trips up crafty crook
An major Ida-Viru criminal strings puller for years, Mihhail Semjonov got caught in the stupidest of ways when a straw man linked to him and involved in a gold fraud undertook to deny his «boss» with utmost and exaggerated eagerness.
14.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Mobile speed camera tested: 94 percent exceed limit during half hour
At end of this year, interior ministry and Road Administration will launch tests of mobile speed cameras which will feature the remarkable quality of not being located at a traditional «known» spot. Rather, the devices are relocated according to need.
30.09.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Priit Sauk to head Estonian Road Administration
Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal on Thursday named Priit Sauk the next director general of the Estonian Road Administration who is to assume office on Sept. 14.
State seeks to lower speed limit on dangerous roads
Road Administration is compiling a new traffic safety program wherein lower limits are considered where quality is not the 90 km/h kind, to bring down deadly accidents statistics.
26.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
Road Administration tells Superbus «no»
Road Administration declined lion's share of line permits sought by budget bus company Superbus eager to enter Estonian market as local companies already cover the routes and times desired.
12.08.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonia in ditch with official cars
Public sector possesses poor overview of its vehicle fleet; procurements to buy official cars are performed one at a time; the autos are used in a manner ineffective. Yearly, related direct costs could be cut by 28.3 percent i.e. €19.3m – would we be willing to amend the law and seek economies of scale.
09.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
«Social experiment» at pricey public procurement
As reported by Äripäev last Wednesday, Estonia’s largest software developer Nortal tricked Road Administration into awarding it a near €6.3m IT-procurement. Yesterday, its CEO Priit Alamäe claimed it was a social experiment from the start.
27.05.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Bikers increasingly involved in accidents
Up until now, Estonia has enjoyed the «good kid» status in EU as related to fatal motorcycle accidents. This year, three people have lost their liver ere the season has begun in earnest. Already, this fills up our yearly average.
26.05.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Chief of Estonian Road Administration resigns
Head of the Estonian Road Administration Aivo Adamson has tendered his resignation to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal who granted it and May 31 is Adamson's final day in office, spokespeople for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications told BNS on Thursday.
Bigger money poured into roads, this year
Continuing the trend set in 2014, road construction will basically buzz around the two major cities – on Tallinn Roundabout, Kurna crossing ought to be finalised by end of the year; also, Tartu bypass gets new looks.
29.04.2015, Piret LaksonPM
Grim Reaper kept busy by ignorance and negligence
As compared to rest of Europe, Estonia loses way too many lives due to injuries. Having studied the causes, Government Office strategy bureau adviser Maris Leimann says the state should deal with changing people’s attitudes – thus, many deaths would not be.
26.02.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Fewer flunks at traffic tests
Road Administration has come public with theory and driving tests results and provided an overview of serious slips by ladies and gentlemen while doing the drive.
21.01.2015, Rivo VeskiPM
Editorial: public transport «pudding» – proof of the state reform
Who’s untouched by public transport? None. Even the car owner will need the occasional taxi, bus or train ride. Public transport needs to be as fast and comfy as can be. It needs to work where needed while affordable for client and provider alike – the latter burning taxpayer euros.
Vaida bridge to be torn down?
Road Administration says they have €0.5m out of 2015 budget to reconstruct Vaida viaduct in Harju County. However, building a new bridge may prove cheaper than reconstructing a viaduct built mere six years ago.
12.12.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia to query Finland over «Soviet» drivers
Foreign ministry intends to ask Finnish colleagues to explain why Finnish diving licences feature Russia or the Soviet Union as birthplace of Estonians.
03.12.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Testing the bike lanes «Made by Me»
Fresh from a bicyclist-roundtable, the coterie pedals from Freedom Square down Pärnu Highway to Cosmos Movie Theatre. Lining the newly renovated street lies a wide bicycle lane. The initial 200 metres are pure delight. Then come the blasted cars, parked half way into the strip. Luckily, this is non-peak afternoon lull; otherwise the passing would be pretty problematic.
16.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: fix your own mess
Remember «Chief Crossing of Central Estonia», festively finalised four years at Mäo with $30m spent? Five-year warranty time ticking, holes abound...
Road Administration calls builders on carpet
This year, Road Administration took samples of several sections of roads breaking up ere the five years warranty is up. Yesterday, audit results were published – to builders and public alike.
09.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: somebody stop these Mr Beans from building us roads
Why do these roads of ours become bad (so fast)? Again and again, we the users and the car owners have to pose this question. By media, the ball is passed to scientists, to builders, to the officialdom. The answers vary according to who is saying, and no doubt the reasons are many. A standard reply goes like we’re not so rich as to ensure all-out excellent road repairs. In other words, there ain’t no money and that’s it.
Road Administration buckles up for court action
To find out why new sections of roads start to crumble ere the 5-years warranty us up, Road Administration drilled holes and took samples out of 11 sections where warranty end nears.
26.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
IT-helper, for faster fire-fighting
«I was on duty as the Kangadžungel store caught fire, and thanks to the new system I found the Kunderi Street water hydrant,» said Ramon Ruotsi, senior operational officer at Northern Rescue Centre. Mr Ruotsi went on to explain that only the rare few hydrants stick out in the street, most being buried under it.
14.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Road Administration aims to measure speed in novel way
Estonian Road Administration has set its eyes on some dozen highway sections to use a speed measuring system based on calculating how fast a vehicle drove by the time it took to pass between two measuring points.
08.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Road Administration testing new type of speed camera
Not mass produced yet, the speed camera is based on current laser-based measuring technology.
05.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Driving tests flunked by half of attempters
As evidenced by practical driving test statistics, nearly half of would-be-drivers fail to pass at initial try. For quite a few, multiple attempts are needed.
29.07.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Estonia increasingly eager to drive electric
In April 29 electric vehicles were registered – all by private persons. It used to be the state agency thing, rather.
21.05.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Road Administration already busy correcting mistakes
Estonian Road Administration agrees with lion’s share of advice by National Audit Office, having allegedly also arrived at bulk of these very conclusions. As assured by Road Administration, during this year they have been busy rearranging the organisation, updating its goals and principles.
Court hands suspended sentence to ex-head of Road Administration
A lower-level court on Friday found Tamur Tsakko, former head of the Estonian Road Administration, guilty of violating the regulations for carrying out public procurement tenders and handed him a suspended sentence.