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Are Cobras too silent?

filed on: 11.02.2008 (11th Feb 2008)

silent tramFollowing many complaints that Cobras are noisy (at least for the passenger), it now seems they are also too silent (at least for pedestrains and car drivers). According to an article in the Friday edition of the free newspaper, 20 Minuten, the number of accidents involving trams has risen by 39% in 2007 (compared to the previous two years). Furthermore, three of the six traffic fatalities of 2007 involved a tram. 90 percent of accidents involving trams are caused by motorists not respecting tram priorities. A VBZ spokesman said that it had not been proven that the increasing number of quiet Cobras was resposnible for this increase. He did, however, say that trams are getting quieter, both thanks to the Cobras and to lubrication cutting down on squeal in curves.

This news item is from the 2008 newslog.

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