Drivers of capital minibuses are asking for higher tariffs.
The administrators of 14 companies that have the right to travel on regular routes sent this week to the Mayor's Office and the General Directorate of Public Transport and Railways of Chisinau municipality request for increasing tariffs for passenger transportation services. The document presents the situation with transport serving regular routes, as well as the arguments of carriers in favor of raising tariffs. The appeal emphasizes that the number of minibuses has decreased since 2014 by 2.5 times - from 1950 to 780 units. During this time, 14 routes were abolished, at least 6 more were on the verge of closure. There is a large shortage of drivers, so only 60-70% of transport goes to existing routes. Minibuses operate without depreciation, which can lead to the disappearance of this type of public transport, while for buses and trolley buses, losses are compensated from the budget. The minibus administrators recalled that in 2014 they sent calculations to the mayoralty about the need to increase tariffs to 4 lei, in 2015 to 5 lei, and the latest calculations, according to the methodology, show that the tariff should increase to 10 lei. At the same time, it is emphasized that if tariffs on intercity routes have changed for the first time in 6 years, then on city routes they have not changed since 2006. Administrators are asking the Chisinau city council to study the possibility of setting tariffs for trips in minibuses in accordance with the calculations previously presented by road carriers. Recall that since 2006, in Chisinau, the cost of a trip by minibus is 3 lei.//17.01.2020 — InfoMarket.