Speed traps halted hundreds

Norwegian police warned they’d be setting up speed controls all over the country this week, but not everyone got the message. A total of 799 drivers were stopped and fined on the spot after being caught exceeding the speed limit. “This is a high number,” Roar Skjelbred Larsen of the state highway patrol told Norwegian […]

Several cities report bad air quality

Icy streets and sidewalks during the winter prompted city maintenance crews to strew them with lots of gravel and sand so they wouldn’t be so slippery. That, combined with a lack of rain in recent weeks, has sent air quality levels up to “red alert” levels in several Norwegian cities, including Oslo. The pollution wasn’t […]

Transport minister meets ‘train wreck’

Ketil Solvik-Olsen has long been one of the conservative government’s most popular ministers, but he’s suddenly meeting the proverbial train wreck. Not only does a train strike loom this week, major plans and funding for train and road improvements reportedly are about to derail. The affable Olsen has been on the defensive since newspaper Aftenposten […]

65 tunnels to close at night

Highway officials were warning of traffic disruptions in Western Norway when around 65 tunnels will be closed at night over the next several years for required upgrades. Several are on some of the most heavily trafficked roads around Bergen, including the E16 and E39 highways. “This will cause some great challenges for motorists,” Helge Eidsnes, […]

Oslo threatened to ban all ‘fossil’ cars

UPDATED: The City of Oslo, under state orders to beef up plans for cutting emissions in the Norwegian capital, was reportedly considering a ban Thursday morning on all vehicles fueled by both gasoline (petrol) and diesel by 2024. The goal is to improve air quality in the city that’s ringed by hills on three sides, […]

Avalanche danger high as new storm rolls in

Norwegians traveling around Southern Norway during this holiday week were being warned not only of ongoing avalanche danger in the mountains but dangerous combinations of rain and snow on roads as well. Up to 20 centimeters of snow was expected to fall on Østlandet (the southeast) during the course of Thursday. Avalanche warnings were posted […]

Politicians shamed into closing garage

Unpopular politicians at Oslo’s City Hall have been removing or taxing street parking while having access to free parking themselves at City Hall’s own garage. After a rash of public protests, City Council members from the Labour, Greens and Socialist Left parties now say they intend to start imposing parking fees on themselves and may […]

20,000 free parking spots to disappear

The City of Oslo started removing more free street parking on Monday. City officials are targeting the affluent west side district of Frogner first, with thousands more spots on the chopping block next year. All registered car owners in Oslo’s Frogner district received letters from the city less than two weeks ago, informing them that […]

Warnings up for both floods, snow

Winter is coming: A sudden plunge in temperatures accompanied by strong winds and precipitation surprised both residents and motorists in Southern Norway during the night, just as areas of Agder and Telemark counties were bracing for more heavy rain. Flood warnings were up again, as were those for possible road closures. Floodwaters receded in the […]

Sørlandet hit by more flooding

UPDATED: Heavy rain in Southern Norway sparked more flooding that forced closure of the E18 highway from Arendal in Aust-Agder all the way to Kragerø in Telemark on Sunday. Five county roads were also closed, but most were reopening on Monday. There was so much water on the road around Lundevatnet that driving was hazardous. […]