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Ventspils municipal police functions as car park with drivers for city’s «masters»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe police of Ventspils municipality are basically made to look like maintenance crew of «masters» cars’ and on-demand drivers for them, as reported by Pietiek portal in regard to a comparison of car parks of the police and the city council.

According to official information, the car park of Ventspils City Council is more than modest – only 11 budget and medium-class cars. Along with three Volkswagen E-UP e-cars, the city council also owns eight other Volkswagen cars – Bora, two Jetta, Kombi, Golf, Golf Variant, Caravelle and Passat.

The official information regarding the car park of Ventspils municipal police is completely different: Volkswagen Caddy (which is actually used by police officers) and Volkswagen Touran Trendline TDI shuttle bus. There are some rather expensive cars as well.

First of all, the car park of Ventspils police has Audi A8L with state registration number HT 3609. Ironically, this particular car is often used by Aivars Lembergs for his private needs.

If Lembergs is to be believes, 2012 was when he finally learned who actually owns this EUR 150,000 worth car with 6.3 litre 500 horsepower engine he has been using to get around.

The car park of Ventspils municipal police also includes two brand new Volkswagen Phaeton; the most expensive of the two costs EUR 73,000. There are also three Audi A6 (registration numbers EJ 7977, HZ 88936 and JP 8007).

In addition to all that, the car park also has Toyota Land Cruiser 100, Volkswagen Amarok and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Meanwhile, Lembergs has yet to say anything in regard to the impressive car park that is officially registered with Ventspils municipal police but is actually meant for the needs of deputies of Ventspils City Council. The only thing he has commented on is that the recently procured Volkswagen Phaeton are not as exclusive as the media make them (only three such cars were registered in Latvia last year) and that Volkswagen does not manufacture expensive cars at all.

«These cars are used for different reasons. The police also need them from time to time. They have bought them. What difference does it make who buys?» – as reported by LETA.

Chief of Ventspils Municipal Police Janis Arajs has told Pietiek that Audi A8L limousine is «not actually a car of municipal police» – it only looks that way. «Audi A8L is not a car owned by municipal police. It is as though a contract item provided by the Freeport. We have a contract with the Freeport. Similar to how Riga has port police, Ventspils port police was not formed on its own – it is a result of a contract with municipal police. We use that car to go on different assignments given by Ventspils Freeport. It is used by Freeport employees and officials.

Audi A6, on the other hand, is used on demand by members of Ventspils City Council,» – said Arajs. When asked how is it that Ventspils municipal police work as a car park with drivers on-demand for the city council, Arajs said: «We are a municipal institution, and the municipality decides how to organize work with transports in a rational and most effective way. What is bad about it? We do what we are ordered, what we have to.»

When asked if Lembergs is also among the officials who use the aforementioned cars, Arajs said no. However, it is known all too well that Audi A8L is used to carry around specifically Lembergs.


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