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Ivan Belozertsev suggests asking students to help with Penza passenger numbers evaluation

10:48 | 01.06.2015 | Society

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Penza, 1 June 2015. PenzaNews. Ivan Belozertsev, acting Penza region governor, suggested to enlist the students in evaluating the numbers of passengers of the city buses, trolley buses and marshrutkas.

Ivan Belozertsev, acting Penza region governor

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“The transportation companies of Penza city increased the fares as of today. The plans to increase it was discussed since this March. The decision was made on May 22. And today, as they say, it has come into force. Of course the new transportation fare is large,” he said during the regular meeting session of the Penza region government held on Monday, June 1.

According to Ivan Belozertsev, the conditions of transportation services raise many issues with the population, which means the regional Department of Tariff Regulation and Energy Preservation together with the Penza city administration must once again investigate the documents provided by the transportation companies as reasons for fare increases and see if they are reasonable.

“Let’s enlist the students. Let’s pay them salaries under an agreement, and they will monitor marshrutkas with video recordings from early morning to late at night, so that we could see how many people came and went, including Saturdays and Sundays, and on buses as well,” suggested the head of the region.

He also instructed his subordinates to see that the salaries of drivers and ticket collectors be increased up to 25 and 17-18 thousand rubles respectively, as per the promises of transportation companies.

“This will be followed by personal income tax. Once the taxes flow on, the budget will get income, and we will get more money to use. […] Not a single kopeck must be lost,” Ivan Belozertsev stressed.

He also gave a personal task for the Penza mayor Yuri Krivov to see that the transportation companies follow their agreements to conduct their services in the evening hours without breaks.

Ivan Belozertsev also added that the authorities must evaluate the numbers of elderly people living in Penza.

“Let’s see if it is possible to support the pensioners and compensate them for the fares. I think two weeks should be enough for us,” the acting governor of the Penza region concluded.

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