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10,000 signatures have been collected against public transport fare changes in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWithin one week’s time, 10,000 signatures were collected on portal for the initiative to oppose public transport fare changes in Riga.

With that, it has been decided to submit this initiative to the Saeima for review. According to the author of this initiative Ieva Brante, an official letter will be submitted to the Saeima in the next couple of days, so that the parliament would act in the interest of Latvia’s residents.

Brante believes residents must not be divided based on their registered residence. On top of that, Riga is Latvia’s capital – there are many important institutions located there: hospitals, courts, national authorities.

As it was previously reported, signatures are being collected in order to prevent discrimination of a large group of Latvia’s residents in Riga. It is planned to have public transport fares be equal for all residents, regardless of their registered residence.

An open letter has been prepared for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprūdžs.

“Preserving public transport fares in Riga equal for residents and non-residents of the capital will prevent discrimination of a massive group of Latvian residents. Revenue will not drop for smaller municipalities. This will allow them to provide support for schools, kindergartens and the poor. There will not be an increase in the number of active vehicles in Riga and air quality will not go down,” – says the author of this initiative Ieva Brante.

By signing this initiative, residents have also agreed to request an audit at Rīgas satiksme.

According to the author of the letter, Riga is the capital of Latvia. With that, services provided by institutions located there cannot be substituted outside of Riga – there are government authorities, hospitals that provide medical services unavailable in other regions, museums and theatres and international airport.

As it is known, Riga City Council has approved amendments to municipal regulations that provide for differentiating public transport fares for registered Riga residents and non-registered Riga residents staring January 1, 2014. This differentiation will make public transport fares cheaper for registered residents of Riga (EUR 0.60) and more expensive for non-registered residents (EUR 1.20).

According to Riga City Council, this solution will encourage persons who live and work in Riga to register their residence in the capital, so that their paid PIT would end up in the capital’s treasury.

Pieriga residents and municipalities heavily criticize this plan, saying that it will contribute solely to fictive registration and reduce the budget of Pieriga municipalities. On top of that, many residents may switch to personal transport. This will result in heavier traffic conditions in the capital.


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