AMAL finances EVA and Blue Fleet to keep buses on the road

Money comes from municipal funds for school transport that are currently suspended

Photo: Fabiana Saboya | Sul Informação

AMAL – Comunidade Intermunicipal do Algarve will ensure compliance with the minimum services of public road passenger transport, using money from school transport to finance the EVA and Frota Azul.

The Algarve's collective road passenger transport operators – EVA Transportes and Frota Azul – decided to reduce the kilometers traveled every day, in order to adapt supply to demand, altered by the reduction in the number of users of this service.

These operators are responsible for operating intercity and municipal services, and AMAL is the Transport Authority.

In view of the difficulties experienced and the reduction of revenue in their operations, EVA Transportes and Frota Azul proceeded with the regime of lay-off 50% of its employees from April 1st.

Furthermore, considering that the current revenue does not cover expenses, "they consider the total stoppage of their operations, if there is no place for financial compensation", says AMAL.

That said, the Algarve Intermunicipal Community, at the last meeting on April 3, decided that each municipality will transfer, to AMAL, the money from the non-use of municipal funds for school transport (currently suspended).

With this money, AMAL will «finance the payment of the necessary compensations and, thus, ensure the minimum services of public road transport for passengers, in the volume and under the conditions deemed necessary, adapting supply to demand».

AMAL "considers essential the adoption of urgent and extraordinary measures to minimize the negative impact on the activity of collective road passenger transport operators during the State of Emergency, maintaining the minimum transport services that ensure the mobility of citizens."

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