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Warsaw councilors unanimously adopted a resolution on changes in order regulations in the capital’s public transport. A fine of up to PLN 500 will be imposed for leaving luggage in the metro.

52 councilors voted for tightening order regulations in public transport. Nobody stopped, nobody was against.

The City Transport Authority (Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego) addressed the councilors with a request to amend these regulations.

“The need to introduce changes to the order regulations results from the experience of the Warsaw Metro services, which point out that the Police refrain from punishing the perpetrators of certain behaviors (e.g. leaving luggage in the metro – ed.) citing the fact that they are not explicitly mentioned in the regulations” – was written in the justification of the resolution.

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READ: Luggage left behind in the subway. Big difficulties in Bielany.

Prohibitions

Tomasz Kunert, spokesman for the Public Transport Authority, told PAP that it was not only about changes to luggage. To the list of devices that cannot be used in public transport, e.g. scooters or bicycle strollers have been added.

– Provisions prohibiting entering the roofs of vehicles, their external parts, control cabins and bus shelters have also been added. We also propose to add a ban on leaving luggage or other items unattended, he said. – Unfortunately, quite often we deal with left luggage, for example at metro stations, which disorganizes the functioning of the underground railway for a long time and is a nuisance for passengers. Each such item must be checked by specialized services, which involves closing the station and stopping traffic and evacuating passengers. After introducing the proposed changes, it will be possible to sanction certain behaviors by the police – explained the ZTM spokesman.

SEE: Two stations of the second metro line were closed.

“It is forbidden to behave…”

The adopted resolution also introduces a provision stating that “it is forbidden to behave in a way that may cause an emergency or unplanned stop of the vehicle or force a change of the designated route”.

The Code of Petty Offenses provides for a penalty of a reprimand or a fine of up to PLN 500 for breaking the order regulations.

The changes will come into force after 14 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

Read also: Warsaw’s grand plans: five metro lines, new tram routes

Rafał Trzaskowski on the expansion of the rail transport network in WarsawTVN24

Main photo source: Warsaw Metro



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