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Passengers pay increased fares for public transport as of today

10:39 | 01.03.2022 Category: Economic

Chisinau, March 1 / MOLDPRES /- The Order of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development (MIDR) on new tariffs for district and international road transport has entered into force today.

Thus, from March 1, two types of tariffs were introduced, depending on the category of transport. It is comfort I or comfort II. Or, the price is 0.10 lei per kilometer more expensive than the current one.

At the same time, for international transport, for comfort category II the price is 0.70 lei per kilometer, and for comfort category I - 0.80 lei per kilometer.

For regular services in district traffic, the cost is: fo.r comfort category II - 0.80 lei per kilometer; for comfort category I - 0.90 lei per kilometer.

The employees of some local bus stations said that, for example, where the tickets cost 80 lei, the current price is 95. Tickets that previously cost 48 lei, today have a price of 56 lei. "The greater the distance of the trip, the more expensive the ticket," the quoted sources said.

At the same time, several drivers said that the hardest ones were the first routes made this morning: "We had a fight with practically all the passengers, we had to explain them to each situation".

Drivers say that although the means of transport they hold belong to comfort category I, they will not apply this provision, as they risk running out of passengers. Most regular route owners claim that they did not want to increase the actual number of tickets, but rather to make it easier to buy fuel.

The increase in ticket prices is part of the new MODERN TRANSPORT National Program, launched on February 16, as a result of several series of protests by carriers.

The program sets higher standards for road passenger transport services and contains several measures that will lay the foundations for a partnership between the authorities and transport operators, for the direct benefit of the people. Among the actions included in the plan are: the development of a national program to support carriers for the renewal of the car fleet; changing the methodology for calculating fares for passengers and bus services; combating illicit passenger transport; route optimization; elaboration of the mobility strategy.

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