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Lux Express suspects Road Transport Directorate of illegalities

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Passenger-carrying company Lux Express has turned to Corruption Prevention and Prevention Bureau (KNAB) over suspicions of employees of the Road Transport Directorate (RTD) of committing illegalities. The institution in question, on the other hand, claims that the carrier does not ensure appropriate safety of its clients.

Lux Express believes RTD employees may have acted illegally and have used their official positions for malicious purposes.

In a statement to the media, Lux Express asked Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits to suspend RTD board chairman Kristiāns Godiņš from his post for the duration of the investigation.

Lux Express claims that Godiņš was preparing to ask Estonia’s Economic and Communication Ministry to revoke Lux Express’ held permit to service Tallinn-Riga-Birži route. The company has undergone multiple inspections in over the course of the past month, which it has withstood. Nevertheless, the company is worried RTD may have coordinated its activities with other market participants.

RTD denies what Lux Estonia detailed in its statement, «because it has absolutely no legal foundation». «It is the opposite, we urge Lux Express Estonia to resolve this matter and meet in person instead of making emotional statements on the public space,» BNN was told by RTD representative Zane Plone. She notes that the institution merely performs its duty – checking to make sure the law is complied with in relation to public transport services.

Plone confirms that RTD has turned to Estonia’s Economic and Communication Ministry, inviting a change to the use of the Tallin-Birži permit, excluding out of it Riga as a stop.

The goal, RTD claims, is not revoking the licence, but rather adding corrections to the use of Tallin-Birži route.

RTD reminds that 2021 will bring changes to the order how public transport services are provided in Latvia. However, current laws and contracts with other service providers do not allow Lux Express carry passengers on the Riga-Daugavpils route.

RTD also notes that information in the hands of the directorate shows that Lux Express does not process data in full accordance with the Private Persons Data Protection Law. Also because of the company’s actions the number of passengers carried on the Riga-Daugavpils route by 17%. Because of that, the number of runs has been reduced. This impedes the freedom to move around for disabled people because Lux Express does not provide passenger-carrying services for such people.

BNN had previously reported that with 19 June onward Lux Express performs passenger transport services using the Riga-Birži-Daugavpils route.


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