Carriers will be able to raise fares with consent of local councils

Transport operators will be able to set higher tariffs for road passenger transportation services with the approval of the local public authorities, as a bill proposed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development for public debates says.

This way, the tariffs for regular inter-district and district services for comfort categories I and II could be raised up to 0.70 lei/km or up to 1 leu/km. The general tariff for comfort category I will be 0.70lei/km, while for comfort category II will be 0.60 lei/km.

The new calculations were done following discussions held with representatives of carriers and of local public authorities and as a result of multiple approaches made by citizens concerning the ensuring of people’s access to transport services in rural areas, says the informative note to the bill.

In November, the carriers mounted protests in front of the Government, demanding that the tariff should be raised to 1.20 lei/km. Then, Minister of Infrastructure and Road Transport Andrei Spînu said the carriers’ demand to double the tariffs is not justified. He noted that as long as the carriers do not invest in the modernization of units of transport, a rise in tariffs is out of the question.

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