Bulgarian City of Pazardzhik Left without Public Transport over Violations

Society | July 14, 2008, Monday // 00:00| Views: 3442 | Comments: 6
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Bulgarian City of Pazardzhik Left without Public Transport over Violations: Bulgarian City of Pazardzhik Left without Public Transport over Violations The terrible conditions in the public transport in the city of Pazardzhik have led the Mayor Todor Popov to terminated the provider's contract leaving the city without public transportation. Photo by Darik Plovdiv

Bulgaria's southern city of Pazardzik will remain without public transport starting July 16, after the Mayor Todor Popov terminated prematurely the contract with the transport provider over its many violations.

The public transport company Transavto is owned by the Member of Parliament from the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms and former mayor of Velingrad Fidel Beev, who is notorious for the continuing trials and investigations against him.

The violations of his transport company include failure to keep up with the schedule of the buses, missed runs, high ticket prices, and terrible conditions including dirty buses and no heating in the winter.

The termination of the contract is expected to cause a transportation chaos in the 80 000-people city at least until a new provider is hired.

The MP Fidel Beev said his firm would appeal the Mayor's decision in the Administrative Court, which means its putting into effect will be postponed at least for some time.

The termination of the Avtotrans contract would leave 320 persons unemployed but the Mayor Todor Popov has said they would be hired by the new transport providers to be selected.
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#6
CJB - 14 Jul 2008 // 20:09:50

Only a few elderly OAPs and some large Roma families will be seriously inconvenienced by this measure, and they don't pay anyway.

Walking would be a healthier option, if it were not for the dire state of the pavements and the murderous driving style of the car owners...

#5
ballgarian - 14 Jul 2008 // 19:16:48

No Bill were simply not ready for that type of logic yet, it makes too much sense.

On a lighter note you can walk from one end of Pazardzhik to the other in about 30 min so it's not that big of a problem.

#4
CJB - 14 Jul 2008 // 16:04:21

Yeah, if those are violations then most of Bulgaria's bus companies should have their contracts terminated!

Sounds like Fidel didn't keep up with the pay-offs to the Mayor's office...

#3
Bill - 14 Jul 2008 // 15:49:54

Looks to me like putting the cart before the horse. Wouldn't it have been smarter to select a new provider and get the contract arrangements made prior to discontinuing the service? Or, to use an American phrase, does that make too much sense?

#2
CreepyS - 14 Jul 2008 // 15:42:25

"The public transport company Transavto is owned by the Member of Parliament from the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms and former mayor of Velingrad Fidel Beev, who is notorious for the continuing trials and investigations against him."

Well, no comment.

#1
Taro - 14 Jul 2008 // 15:29:31

"The violations of his transport company include failure to keep up with the schedule of the buses, missed runs, high ticket prices, and terrible conditions including dirty buses and no heating in the winter."

... and I thought that was normal here...

...silly me...

or is this overall a political manoeveur?

Greets
taro