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Reform Party: old ladies in Babite will be the ones to pay for Riga’s new trolleybuses

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU“It is clear now that old ladies in Babite and other residents of Latvia will be the ones to pay for Riga’s luxurious trolleybuses,” – says Reform Party’s deputy Vilnis Ķirsis.

“Riga City Council’s companies have had many economically questionable procurement projects over the year. For example: the corruption scandal with Mercedes Benz buses and the LVL 41 million worth of misappropriations uncovered by State Audit at Riga Freeport,” – he says. “A more effective management model of Rīgas satiksme would allow Riga City Council to avoid discriminating Latvia’s residents.”

RP’s deputy in Latgale region Juris Viļums says: “Some time ago, Vladimir Linderman failed to divide Latvia by alienating Latgale from the rest of the country. Now it seems Nil Ushakov has done this – by discriminating Latvia’s residents and making Riga residents a privileged society. The Mayor of Riga has forgotten that he manages not just a big city but a capital city at that. The country’s central government institutions are located there. The Mayor and Vice Mayor of Riga should act accordingly and plan with attention to the needs of the whole country!”

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.

BNN had previously reported that Rīgas satiksme, has decided to sign a contract with Škoda Electric in regard to the procurement of 125 new trolleybuses. The total worth of this contract is estimated at EUR 131,8 million.

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  1. Riga live says:

    Dear tourists and visitors . Soon transportation in Riga will be more expensive than Stockholm or Berlin for that shabby network.

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