Today in Tirana urban public transport has reopened after the long closure due to COVID-19 which continued also due to the disagreements between public transport operators and the Municipality.
Public transport representatives had protested for a long time in the past weeks, requesting a second COVID-19 allowance of 40.000 lek (about 320 euros) and a modification of the safety protocol (the responsibility for wearing the masks will be individual and not for drivers and employees. to tickets); two non-negotiable requests supported by the municipality of Tirana.
"Public transport returns to the times of # COVID19, where the mask and personal hygiene are indispensable on every trip. Thanks to the bus lines that answered the call, and good job to all drivers, controllers and ticket operators.”- wrote the mayor of Tirana, Erjon Veliaj, on social media.
Ten days of awareness and then fines
The implementation of the safety protocol on public transport in Tirana will be monitored by the Local Police. For violators there is a fine of 5000 lek (about 40 euros), even if - as reported by Gentian Vocaj to Report TV, head of the road at the Tirana Police - in the first ten days no administrative measures will be carried out, but will be carried out only awareness.
"Then according to the safety protocol, all citizens must wear a mask already when they wait for the vehicles at the stops, just as the use of the mask is also mandatory for drivers, ticket operators and controllers.
The local police have monitored the situation since this morning. Most citizens are implementing the security protocol, for a small part we are working on raising awareness. This process will continue for the first ten days; after this period of time there will be an administrative penalty for violators because we also have obligations to comply with. " - said Vocaj.
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