State to Offer Intervention Help to Croatian Bus Companies After All

By 13 March 2021

March the 13th, 2021 - It seems that the state is set to step in after all with intervention aid for a long suffering industry that has been dealt a heavy blow by the ongoing pandemic - Croatian bus companies.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, at a recent session, the Croatian Government accepted the bill on amendments to the Law on Road Transport, which will provide emergency assistance to Croatian bus companies, more specifically those carries which are continuing to uphold and maintain what have now become unprofitable lines.

The Croatian Employers' Association (HUP/CEA) hopes that this bill, which is proposed to be adopted in an urgent procedure, will finally contribute to a faster solution to the burning problem faced by Croatian bus companies/regular carriers performing regular public line passenger transport.

"The current regulation of passenger transport is not sustainable given that public service contracts still haven´t been concluded, and without the adequate regulation of public bus passenger transport, Croatian bus companies maintaining these lines are being threatened with closures and even collapse, which would lead to the loss of more than 7,000 jobs," they warned from HUP.

They added that Croatian bus companies are still waiting for the implementation of the public service contract from way back in May 2018, when the law prescribing it was initially passed.

This non-implementation of that law, they point out, directly affects the collapse of the entire sector of passenger transport when it comes to buses, and without quality transport there can be absolutely no hope whatsoever of any revitalisation of rural areas across the Republic of Croatia.

Therefore, HUP will continue to insist on the urgent implementation of the Public Services Agreement, which has been defined by the Act since back in 2018, in order to prevent more layoffs and the further suffering and potential collapse of Croatian bus companies.

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