Ukraine Strengthens Control Over Market of Bus Passenger Transportation

Converted-minibusVladimir Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine announced that the state strengthens control over the market of bus passenger transportation. Most of the urban, suburban, intercity, intraregional and inter-regional bus transportation in Ukraine is performed in conditions that are difficult to call comfortable and safe for the passengers. The average age of passenger minibuses is more than 10 years, the age of medium and large-capacity buses is over 20 years and more. Some of the minibuses are converted from cargo vehicles.

The Minister noted that starting from the 1st January 2019, minibuses converted from cargo vehicles to passenger ones, will not be used to transport passengers. Such buses will be evacuated to the penalty areas and then sent to scrapping.

The Minister called all passenger operators to renew their fleet. Ukrtransbzepka (State Transportation Security Service) together with the National Police will strengthen market control to combat illegal passenger operators.

Source: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine