Amendment to the laws, subsidies and road transport control discussed during the PIGTSiS transport conference
The project director of the TRANSEXPO International Fair of Public Transport, Anna Gąszcz welcomed the numerous guests, emphasising that the expo's long tradition include the public transport industry's meetings. - The Polish Vehicle Transport and Forwarding Chamber of Commerce is a co-organiser of the event and a valued partner. This year's exhibition is slightly larger, both in terms of space and the number of exhibitors, compared to last year's meeting. I think that the 16th TRANSEXPO will meet the expectations of exhibitors and participants and will be held in dear memories, because the upcoming industry meeting is scheduled for 2024 - she said. This means that the autumn exhibition returns to its every-other-year cycle, as it used to be before the pandemic.
The representative of the Ministry of Infrastructure, who was present at the conference, devoted his address to discuss the issues related to the Bus Transport Development Fund, which was established in 2019 and serves to provide financial support to local government units, the organisers of collective public transport. - In 2019, when the Fund was established, subsidies were earmarked for slightly more than 1.2 thousand communication lines. A year later, there were over 2.8 thousand, and in 2021 over 4 thousand. This year, the subsidy in the amount of over PLN 630 million has already covered over 5,700 communication lines - said Andrzej Najmanowicz, deputy director of the Department of Road Transport. In the coming days, the voivods of each of the provinces will announce the call for applications for co-financing from the Fund for 2023. The ministry representative also referred to the legal changes that await the transport industry. - The amendment to the Public Transport Act is to be amended, the legislation work is in progress; We want your voice to be heard. We want you to have an impact on the final shape of the document - Director Najmanowicz asked representatives of the public transport sector.
Available sources of financing for the purchase of low-emission buses for public utility regional transport were also discussed. These funds, in the form of subsidies, may be obtained from the European Union, the National Recovery Plan or other sources. The finds will allow for the restoration of sustainable development of public collective transport. Topics related to road transport control and tools designed to ensure safety were also addressed. Pursuant to the Road Traffic Act amendment, the rules for carrying out technical tests of vehicles will be changed. An obligation of photographic documentation is to be introduced, confirming the presence of the vehicle at technical examinations. If the technical inspection is performed after 30 days after the designated date, a double inspection fee is to be charged.