Speeding zooms in the Corona crisis

There’s been an alarming acceleration in the numbers of Norwegian motorists caught driving at high rates of speed in recent weeks. Oslo police point to a marked decline in traffic during the Corona crisis that has opened up the roads, tempting speedsters to step far too heavily on the gas pedal. Most of the offenders […]

Traffic safety highest in Norway

A new survey by the OECD, the international organization for economic cooperation and development, ranks Norway as having the fewest traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the world. Not all Norwegian would agree, but that makes Norwegian traffic the safest of all. News bureau NTB cited a report in the US magazine Forbes that also […]

Winter storm batters the southwest

Most mountain roads were closed, ferries cancelled and traffic halted over bridges Tuesday night as a severe winter storm slammed into the west coast and blew far inland as well. Bergen’s famed Fløibanen funicular was halted when it collided with a tree that fell over the tracks. Strong winds and snow cut visibility in many […]

Camera snaps speedsters off the road

When Norwegian police and road authorities set up a new speed camera inside an Oslo tunnel last weekend, they expected that some motorists would get caught for driving too fast. They were stunned when around 2,700 were snapped and cited for exceeding the 70kph (40mph) speed limit. “We also thought some might lose their driver’s […]

Labour’s leader fined

There seems to be no end to the problems facing Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre. Faced with sagging voter support, internal power struggles and fallout from sexual harassment allegations against his deputy leader, Støre is now also being fined for traffic violations. TV2 reported on Wednesday that Støre has accepted a fine of […]

Oslo lowering its speed limits

Signs went up again this week on major highways leading into and around downtown Oslo, posting “environmental speed limits” of just 60 kilometers per hour (36mph). Some city officials also want to lower the standard speed limit on all city streets to just 30kph (18mph), for both safety and environmental reasons. The goal on major […]

Diplomats cleared of some wild driving

Police thought for several hours on Thursday that they needed to subdue a dangerous diplomat. Someone, at any rate, was behind the wheel of a black Volvo V90 with diplomatic license plates, and driving in a manner that scared everyone on the road around him. The drama began in the early morning hours when police […]

Wheels spin in first snow of the season

The winter’s first snow started arriving in Southern Norway during the weekend, and a lot more was expected through Tuesday. Meteorologists warned motorists of slippery roads that already were sending some vehicles spinning out of control. A bus with 30 passengers ran off the road and into a ditch on Myravegen in Arendal on Monday. […]

Cyclists still afraid, but also ‘egoistic’

A white “ghost cycle” memorial was recently set up near the scene of a collision that killed a cyclist in downtown Oslo last month. As city officials promote cycling ahead of driving, and invest billions in cycling lanes, cyclists themselves are also being accused of recklessness and what one police officer calls an “egoistic” attitude. […]

Heavy rain closed roads

The skies opened up and rain poured down on areas all over Southern Norway on Sunday, following some welcome showers last week, too. The deluge that hit during the weekend, though, disrupted traffic after it flooded roads including the E6 highway south from Oslo. Motorists found themselves stuck in a traffic jam that extended for […]