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Government not to make concessions to drivers of minibuses

«The law is one for all. There will be no concessions in execution of the norms of legislation to ensure the safety of our citizens on the roads,» the Prime Minister Sapar Isakov said at a meeting on ensuring the activities of Bishkek’s transport enterprises.

Sapar Isakov noted that he had reliable information about significant informal fees from authorized state and municipal control bodies for conducting activities in the provision of transportation services.

«I would like to pay special attention to the activities of the Transport Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Roads. According to my information, every brigade of the transport enterprise must pay this inspection about 3,000 soms a month as an informal fee,» the Prime Minister said.

The head of the Cabinet also noted that along with the relevant ministry, transport companies are forced to pay more than 5,000 soms a month to employees of the Main Directorate for Road Safety additionally.

«There are many other informal fees, such as a fee for the traffic plan, although this document should be provided free of charge, for the loading of passengers, parking, as well as for each trip. The drivers of minibuses must pay to the controlling authorities everywhere. I instruct the State Service on Combating Economic Crimes and the State National Security Committee to check the information provided,» Sapar Isakov said.

He recalled that corruption components reduce the share of formal payments and cause discontent in private companies. Sapar Isakov proposed to approach the problems of urban public transport comprehensively.

«It is necessary to eradicate the practice of informal fees, to ensure the availability of insurance documents and the fulfillment of all requirements for the safety of passengers, to review the provision with public transport in general. In particular, it is necessary to solve the issue of launching the buses expeditiously,» Sapar Isakov concluded.