Chilean man convicted for Oslo tram attacks

A 38-year-old Chilean man has been sentenced to a year and three months in jail for stabbing three conductors on a tram at Solli Plass in central Oslo in January.

Chilean man convicted for Oslo tram attacks
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The conductors, a woman and two men, sustained minor injuries after the assailant stabbed them during a routine ticket check.

The attacker, who was in Norway illegally, was not carrying identification at the time, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

Unable to produce a ticket, he and a friend – a 46-year-old Norwegian citizen of Chilean origin – tried to force their way off the tram when it stopped at Solli Plass.

The 38-year-old pleaded guilty in court, but claimed he had only gone on the attack after the conductors grabbed his throat, making it difficult for him to breathe. No witnesses verified this version of events.

He also said he had only intended to scare the conductors but ended up stabbing them by accident.

Unconvinced, Oslo district court sentenced him to prison and ordered him to pay 90,000 kroner ($15,000) in damages. 

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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