El-scooter operators sue Oslo officials

Three companies that rent out controversial electric scooters in Oslo have sued the city over new regulations that will limit the total number of scooters available for hire to 8,000. There currently are around 30,000 in Oslo alone, meaning many companies will have to cut back their operations considerably. El-scooter firms Tier, Voi and Ryde […]

Police nab errant el-scooter riders

Police in Oslo have launched a crackdown on traffic violations committed by those riding electric scooters. Scores have been stopped and hit with hefty fines on the spot, for running red lights, riding at excessive speeds or having a passenger on board. Police have been setting up daily traffic controls this week in heavily trafficked […]

Storms stranded holiday motorists

Sudden and severe snowstorms in the mountains of southern Norway were still causing problems on Tuesday as tens of thousands of people tried to head home after the Easter holidays. Many key mountain passes remained closed, others were only open to convoy driving and there were lots of accidents. Slippery conditions on roads that finally […]

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 […]