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New cars for CANARD. Chief Inspector of Road Transport Artur Czapiewski submitted a notification to the prosecutor’s office – Alvin Gajadhur comments

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Chief Road Transport Inspector Artur Czapiewski informed on Friday about irregularities related to the purchase of 33 BMW cars for the Automatic Road Traffic Supervision Center. The head of GITD submitted a notification to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw. The former head of GITD, Alvin Gajadhur, referred to this matter in an interview with the tvn24.pl business editorial team. – I believe these are completely baseless allegations. All purchases were made using tender procedures, and the most advantageous offer won, Gajadhur assured.

Chief Road Transport Inspector Artur Czapiewski announced during Friday’s press conference that he had submitted a notification to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw “about a justified suspicion of committing a crime involving unintentional spending of public funds and a suspicion of committing a crime of acting to the detriment of the public interest as a result of decisions and insufficient supervision exercised by by the former management of GITD, including the chief inspector, who at that time was Alvin Gajadhur.

As he indicated, the project consisted of the expansion and modernization of the Automatic Road Traffic Supervision Center. – The expansion of the automatic road traffic supervision system was supposed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the controls, but the decision to purchase 33 new cars with speed meters raises doubts as to the purposefulness and justification of spending public funds – said the head of GITD.

The cars were purchased as part of two procedures. – Approximately PLN 12 million of public funds were spent on both procedures, purchasing 11 vehicles in the first procedure (…) The second procedure concerned the purchase of similar vehicles, 22, which were purchased at – in our opinion – excessive prices – emphasized Artur Czapiewski.

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In his opinion, the decision to purchase these vehicles “cannot be explained.” – It is very difficult for me to justify the purchase of such cars, they have the characteristics of chase cars. The police in the SPEED group use the same cars, pointed out the head of GITD. – For the purposes of transporting a speed recorder, which is then to be used stationarily in places where speed cameras cannot be installed, (…) an ordinary vehicle would be sufficient, which does not have to have the characteristics of a sports car – he added.

As he reminded, “the tasks of the Inspection do not consist in prosecuting drivers.” – Stopping drivers who break road traffic regulations is basically an extraordinary action (…) – noted Czapiewski.

– We have every reason to suspect that there was mismanagement at CANARD in the execution of both orders – he noted.

Chief Inspector of Road Transport Artur CzapiewskiPAP/Radek Pietruszka

The head of GITD pointed out that “further notifications (to the prosecutor’s office – ed.) related to the verification of documentation related to the financing of other areas of the same project are not excluded.”

In addition, other expenses related to the implementation of tasks and projects supervised by the previous management of the Chief Road Transport Inspectorate are also being analyzed. – There are several areas where we see irregularities and documents are currently being analyzed and we will make appropriate decisions when appropriate conclusions are drawn – Czapiewski announced.

Alvin Gajadhur responds to the allegations

Alvin Gajadhur commented on these allegations in an interview with the business editors of tvn24.pl he served as the chief road transport inspector for nearly eight years.

– I believe these are completely baseless allegations. All purchases were made using public tender procedures, and the most advantageous offer won. EU funding amounted to 85 percent. All proceedings were supervised by the Center for EU Transport Projects and the Ministry of Funds. We had consent for all purchases and to organize tenders with such car equipment – assured Gajadhur.

– A Skoda dealer and a BMW dealer entered one tender, the BMW was cheaper. In the second tender, only a BMW dealer applied, so I don’t know where the current Chief Road Transport Inspector sees any irregularities, because everything was controlled by the Intermediate Body and the Managing Authority – he added.

The former head of GITD emphasized that “the priority was to ensure the safety of inspectors and that cars could be used effectively when patrolling dangerous places.”

– We could not order 22 cars with video recorders, only with hand meters. At the time of the tender announcement, the video recorders did not have a type approval decision issued by the Central Office of Measures. However, all the wiring, equipment and installations for video recorders are in these cars. The remaining eleven cars are video recorders, Alvin Gajadhur said.

As he pointed out, “these are chase cars – both 11 and 22 – that are used to patrol dangerous places and chase road pirates.” – If an inspector sees that someone is breaking the regulations in a drastic way, driving 180 or 200 kilometers per hour, what should he do to chase such a car to a stop? The new chief inspector would like electric scooters or maybe bicycles? – asks the former head of GITD.

Gajadhur pointed out that the Inspection not only “manages the automatic road traffic supervision system, i.e. a system composed of speed cameras, sectional speed measurement devices, and red light recorders, but also uses unmarked cars equipped with speed meters to patrol dangerous places.

– There have been several thousand requests for the installation of various recording devices, as well as for patrolling dangerous places, so if we are patrolling dangerous places, if someone is registered who drastically breaks the regulations, should he continue driving or should he be detained? He must be detained, and what should the inspectors do to chase him? Not by bike or electric scooter. The inspector must have a safe car that can catch up with such a road pirate – said Alvin Gajadhur in an interview with tvn24.pl.

Additionally, the former head of GITD drew attention to the need to replace the car fleet. – The equipment that we purchased in 2012 is partially discontinued, and these cars break down. Car repair costs were very high, and the AD9C recording device no longer has spare parts. It would be unprofitable to keep old cars that break down all the time and are dangerous for inspectors, Gajadhur concluded.

ABOUT CANARD

The Automatic Road Traffic Supervision Center is an organizational unit of the Chief Road Transport Inspectorate. It was established to supervise road traffic.

CANARD, thanks to the automatic registration of offenses, reveals violations of regulations regarding drivers exceeding established speed limits and failing to obey traffic lights. CANARD supervises road traffic using stationary devices, sectional speed measurements, red light monitoring at intersections and rail-road crossings, and mobile devices.

The center started its inspection activities on July 1, 2011.

Main photo source: Radek Pietruszka/PAP



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