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Internal Passenger Transportation Sector Remains beyond Control

The private sector has been long complaining about uncontrolled situation in internal passenger transportation field.

In May 2017 Aleksandre Ianvarashvili, head of passenger transportation department of the Land Transport Agency, noted that an active job is being carried out for making amendments to several laws that would improve the uncontrolled situation in the sector.

«In 2005 the system was reformed and internal passenger, taxi transportation service was excluded from the licensable regime. The practice has showed that this decision has brought no result in any direction. The field remains out of order. Today, the number of road accidents has increased, because safety norms are violated. Neither passengers nor transportation companies are content. Therefore, the time has come to regulate the situation due to international norms, Ianvarashvili was saying.

As reported, amendments will be made to the law on transport vehicle, the law on licenses and permits and the code of administrative offenses, the law on control of entrepreneurial activities.

Several months ago the Land Transport Agency explained that a package of due legislative amendments were being developed to include internal passenger transportation direction in the licensable regime, under corresponding long-term licensable conditions.

“Licensable conditions will include key demands and conditions determined by European regulations. They set the obligation for transporting passengers in safe environment and under corresponding schedule. This process will satisfy the general standards, transport stations will be also arranged and obligatory requirements for their operation will be determined”, the Land Transport Agency explained.

At this stage, technical requirements for vehicles are determined by Georgian government’s resolution – “On Approval of Technical Regulations on Periodicity of Testing Various Categories of  Vehicles”.

A transportation company is responsible for conducting obligatory recurrent testing of buses on domestic routes, admitting of tested buses to the bus fleet – bus station, while the Interior Ministry departments are responsible for administering the mentioned requirements. At the same time, the corresponding department of Interior Ministry  is to control excessive speed on motorways and set due sanctions on law-breakers.

According to the Land Transport Agency, the Georgian legislation does not restrict the year of production for exploited vehicles. Their efficiency is examined by recurrent obligatory testings for compliance with motorway conditions.

According to the same information, the government’s resolution determines the periodicity of testing transport vehicles, which are in exploitation and registered under established regulations.

Namely, buses of M2 and M3 categories  (with more than 8 seats, excluding the driver’s seat) st be tested every year after the first driving, but frequency of testing doubles a year in four years after the first driving.