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Bus service grinds to halt in Naples: no fuel


Bus service in the southern Italian city of Naples has ground to a halt after the city transport company ran out of money for fuel.

Valeria Peti, of the ANM transport company, says only 30 of the usual 300 buses left the depot Wednesday morning, and they all had to return before their tanks ran dry. The company had announced overnight that service for the morning rush hour couldn’t be guaranteed.

Naples’ municipal services have been in the news before, most notably when mountains of garbage have piled up. Peti says in this case, the company that provides gas for city buses refused to replenish them without payment guarantees. Limited service is expected later Wednesday.

ANM says government funding for Naples’ bus service has been cut by 40 percent.


15 Comments on "Bus service grinds to halt in Naples: no fuel"

  1. BillT on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 4:12 am 

    And the beat goes on…as Europe crumbles.

  2. Kenz300 on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 5:55 am 

    Bicycles may become a lot more popular.

    It is an inexpensive and healthy way to travel short distances.

    More cities need to look at how to make bicycles a better option by providing places to store and lock bicycles when at work. More apartments need to provide bicycle storage areas. Safe bicycle commuter lanes need to be part of the overall transportation plan.

  3. Beery on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 11:58 am 

    Bike lanes are a folly. They’ve been proven to be less safe than the road in 9 out of every ten scientific peer-reviewed studies done on them worldwide. They’re safer between intersections, but much more dangerous at intersections due to turning traffic. So cyclists are better off taking their rightful place on the road.

    But even if that weren’t the case, in a world in which car travel will be something only the rich can afford, bicycles will soon be the vehicle of the majority on the roads.

  4. Arthur on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 1:11 pm 

    Sensationalst BS. Has nothing to do with peakoil. Company ran out of money:

    Traffic in Naples as usual. There are too many people convinced that the end of the world is near, and use every little tidbit of (dis)info to prove their point.

  5. NP on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 7:50 pm 

    Berry, you should really take a look at how they have built bicycle lanes in Copenhagen, it’s awesome and safe. I had the pleasure of riding my bike in Copenhagen last summer.

    In my home city Gothenburg bicycle lanes are horrible and probably a lot less safe than riding on the road.

    Here in northern Europe we have the additional problem of snow and ice in the winter months, two wheels and slippery roads are not a great combination…

  6. DC on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 8:16 pm 

    Still flogging that bike lanes are unsafe trope eh?. As for ‘peer-reviewed’ and scientific proof of…..I will reserve judgement on that. Its not even clear how you define ‘unsafe’. As in fatal unsafe? or what? Those 5-10mph bikes rides killing a lot of people there? Like a Million a year?

    O Wait, those are people killed by CARS worldwide every year. 1/2 of which are pedestrians and cyclists. Unlike your phantom peer-reviewed whatevers, those are real figures, from the WHO. Ive been on separated bike lanes, what scant few exist here in CarNage N. Amerika, and oddly enough, none of them have killed or injured me yet, or indeed anyone period. Car accidents or cars killing cyclists-different story. 2 were killed by cars in my city alone last year-and many many injured by cars. Bike on bike deaths…uhhh zero. As for ‘rightful’ place on the roads. Keep that idea to yourself. I am forced to ride with cars and the experience is anything but safe.

    Sharing the road the road with in-sane texting, consumption addicted gas-burner drivers is dirty,unhealthy, loud, unpleasant and downright nerve racking. Every time I hear one of those GM shyt-boxes come up behind me, I wonder if its the last thing Ill never hear and see again.

    W/E agenda it is your pushing, could you push it somewhere else? SoS at least has an excuse for being stupid, why you push the idea of a car and cycle love-fest is anything but clear.

  7. GregT on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 8:33 pm 

    No fuel, as a result of no public funds, as a result of high debt loads, as a result of poor economic growth.

    Nope, nothing to do with peak oil.

    And when the rest of the world’s economies continue to decline, that will have nothing to do with peak oil either.

  8. GregT on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 9:02 pm 


    What Beery said is spot on in the city where I live. Bike lanes have increased accidents between bicycles and cars tenfold. Most accidents are caused as bicycles are being hit by turning vehicles crossing bike lanes at intersections.

    I believe that Beery also said “bicycles will soon be the vehicle of the majority on the roads.” Hardly what I would consider to be pushing an anti bike agenda.

  9. DC on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 9:03 pm 

    Yes exactly Greg. Humans are very good at ignoring causal chains. They usually only focus on the most immediate and visible sigh of the ‘problem’ and fixate on that. People seldom follow chains of causation back to there root cause. Your simple example illustrates that clearly. Naples buses are not moving because there is no fuel-but because they arent paying there bills. And that in turn, like you say, is the result of yet another set of poor decisions further ‘back’ in the chain, which in turn…etc etc…..

    Its almost beside the point how fuel shortages will arrive.

    Will they arrive because of an actual physical shortfall?


    Will it be because there is fuel, but at a price no one can easily afford?

    Does it matter really in the end?

  10. DC on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 9:25 pm 

    Sorry Greg, but if thats the case, and Im willing to bet your evidence in anecdotal at best,that is hardly cyclists fault. Car and ped\bike systems are mutually in-compatible with one another. Beerys agenda is to make it sound like that is the fault of both cyclists and bike lanes themselves. Trying to put bikes and cars together is like trying to get passenger trains and jet aircraft to share runways. It doesnt work. Anyplace cars and any other form of non-car transport intersect, there are going to be problems. Reality bears this observation out every time. Cars dont even interact well other CARS, let along non-gas burning alternates. A fact I am sure your well aware, or should be I would think.

    Cars + Cars=constant congestion, accidents and deaths

    Cars+ any other form of transport, and the places where they intersect = Congestion pollutions and deaths.

    The deaths and injuries in the latter case, for some strange reason are overwhelmingly borne by people NOT in cars.

    The auto oil cartel has pushed ALL other forms of transport out of the way over a century. And you are surprised that the near impossible task of grafting non-car networks onto cities and towns built SOLEY for cars that there wont be problems? Well maybe so, but that is not the fault of the bike infrastructure being built itself(unless its sloppily built which can occur). Cities have a hard time building mass-transit in cars-only cities as well. Does that mean mass-transit is unsafe too?

    So-called ‘bike lanes’ which in reality are just narrow strips painted onto cars-only roadways, ARE unsafe. But again, whose fault is that exactly? I cant stand them myself. Dedicated bikes however, are far safer than any roadway by a huge margin. Again, your reply seems to indicate that its the cars that being ‘inconvenienced’ by all the annoying and, if I read you correctly ‘dangerous’ cyclists out there.

  11. Arthur on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 9:29 pm 

    Nice to read about the experiences of an American Zachary Shahan, maintaining an interesting energy blog (cleantechnica) about his experiences in cycling in the Netherlands, in the city of Groningen:

    Bikes are ideal for Holland: small distances, towns not larger than a few hundred thousand. Thus you can avoid traffic that is often stuck. These new e-bikes (30 km/hr with some pedalling power) are perfect for older people.

  12. GregT on Thu, 31st Jan 2013 10:00 pm 


    What I said is true, and it has sparked a huge conflict between cyclists and motorists. It’s quite ridiculous actually. I’m not taking sides on this one, because I believe that there are stupid cyclists as well as stupid motorists.

    I agree with you, if I could have things my way, there would be no more cars in the downtown core of the city, and there would be a far more efficient public transit system in place.

    My stance has been, and still is, we need to start using the remaining fossil fuels at our disposal, to build the infrastructure that will be needed, post oil. It makes absolutely no sense to me for hundreds of thousands of cars everyday to be driving millions of kilometres just for people to go to work.

    This is a complete waste of resources, it is dirty, smelly, loud, and totally pointless.

  13. BillT on Fri, 1st Feb 2013 2:07 am 

    Bikes will be common in all European countries when the Euro dies and the EU falls apart. Then there will be no money for gas or diesel or …

  14. Arthur on Fri, 1st Feb 2013 11:09 am 

    Denmark and Holland are in the global income top ten AND are bike champions… because of the small distances and flat landscape.

  15. Kenz300 on Sat, 2nd Feb 2013 5:43 am 

    Save money,….. save energy,………

    Lose weight and stay healthy………….

    Ride a bike.

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