Israel. ATM issues 2017
2017. Road safety

For the second year running, Israel Post has dedicated its annual set of ATM issues to a social theme. Following the 2016 set dedicated to raising awareness about dog adoption in Israel, the 2017 new issues are illustrated with different motifs related to road safety. All designs are by Racheli Shalev, a young Israeli illustrator.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), the organization leading national strategy for road safety. The organization serves as an information centre and also directs and coordinates the road training activities, with the aim of reducing the number of accidents and fatalities in the country.

The first design, 'Road Safety', introduces the series, with a design reminding us of the meaning of traffic light colours.
As in the previous years, this is the only design obtainable from January 1st 2017, and later, from all aCon SPU STAMP postal kiosks. In some cases, the design will be used throughout the year, whilst in some machines it will be used only until the introduction of another design in the series.

The rolls of labels are manufactured, on self-adhesive paper with a flexo digital imprint, by the local company Tadbick Ltd. The size of the label is 58 x 27 mm, with perforated vertical edges. 
The postal kiosk prints the machine code on the stamp (00001, used by the philatelic service) and the face value (NIS 2.40), in the upper right hand corner. The imprint is black and by thermal transfer.

With the new postal rates in force in Israel from January 1st 2017, the six values ​​programmed in the aCon kiosks, on the date of issue, were NIS 2.40 (small face value = domestic postage rate) - 4.00 - 6.50 - 7.40 - 8.30 - 9.00.
The images below show the dates of introduction of the new design in the ten aCon - Inbar postal kiosks in operation at different post offices across the country.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

The second design, 'Cross at the Crossing', emphasizes the need to cross using pedestrian crossings.
In Israel, approximately 40% of fatal road traffic accidents involve pedestrians, with more than 100 fatalities each year. This percentage is much more than double that of other developed countries

Only two machines issued this design, from February 7th 2017; the equipment used by the philatelic service (00001), and postal kiosk 00300, installed in the Ashdod post office.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

Another essential aspect of road safety, the mandatory use of a seat belt, is illustrated in the third issue of the series, entitled 'Buckle up for Life'.
Recent statistics in Israel show that although the use of a belt is more than 90% in front seats, this percentage reduces to less than
75% in rear seats, often occupied by children.

This design was also available from April 4th 2017, with two different codes, 00001, belonging to the philatelic service, and 00326, the code of the postal kiosk installed in the Rishon LeZion branch.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

The fourth issue of the series dedicated to road safety promotes the safe and responsible use of the bicycle as a great sport and alternative transport system. As with previous issues, the design is by Racheli Shalev, and the rolls of labels are manufactured by Tadbick Ltd., on self-adhesive paper with a flexo digital imprint.

This new design was available, from June 13th 2017, with the 00001 code (issued by the machine used by the philatelic service), and from the postal kiosk 00636, installed at the Netanya post office.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

The last issue of the series is dedicated to emphasizing the importance of respecting traffic regulations when moving around the city and in particular, the crossing guards.

As with previous issues, this design was available, from September 12th 2017, from the machine used by the philatelic service (00001), and postal kiosk (00900), installed at the Tiberias post office.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

Every year since 2012, Israel Post has produced a souvenir sheet or special folder with all the ATM issues together with their respective first day postmarks. In 2017, the ATM series was dedicated to road safety, and the folder commemorates the 20th anniversary of Or Yarok, The Association for Safer Driving in Israel. This non-profit organization was founded in 1977 promoting road safety and fighting to save lives on the road. From my own experience, it is very necessary work taking into account the bad driving habits of many of the public and private drivers on the roads in this country.
The folder contains six stamps, the first or general design appears on the cover, with the commemorative postmark of the 20th anniversary of the organization (right image and below) whilst inside, we find the five issues with their corresponding special postmarks, as well as related text

2017. Season's Greetings from the Holy Land

The 2017 Christmas issue is a composition by the designer Tal Huber, which brings together various traditional elements related to the season and is also included in an edited form in the special pictorial postmark and first day cover illustrations (images below).

The rolls of labels were manufactured, on self-adhesive paper with a flexo digital imprint, by Tadbick Ltd.

Israel Post launched the issue on November 28th 2017. The "Season's Greetings from the Holy Land" design could be obtained with three different codes - 00001 printed by the equipment used by the philatelic service, plus codes 00101 and 00987 for the aCon SPU STAMP postal kiosks installed at the Jerusalem and Nazareth main post offices, respectively.

Detail of the special postmark, and pictorial first day cover

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