MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT TO BE CREATED
On August 28, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on the issues of improving management in the sphere of road transport, development of international cooperation, expanding the scale of transport services.
As it is known, in accordance with the resolution of the President of March 6, 2018, the Uzbek Agency for Automobile and River Transport was reorganized. The Road Transport Infrastructure Development Program for 2018-2021 was adopted. Within the framework of its implementation, more than 50 routes for passenger transportation have been opened, 9 bus stations have been built, 82 new buses have been purchased. Bus traffic has been established along five international routes – to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Existence of a number of problems hampering the development of the sphere were noted at the meeting, tasks to continue intensive reforms, provide modern transport services on inter-district and inter-city routes, between district centers and remote villages were defined.
Instructions were given on improving the infrastructure and system of transport services on routes between villages and cities, districts and on long-distance routes.
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At the meeting on the issues of improving management in the sphere of road transport, the Head of the state noted the need for transferring the functions for coordinating activities of transport services to private operator-dispatchers on the basis of public-private partnership.
Private operator-dispatchers, having a license and winning tenders, on a contractual basis will unite the entities of rendering transport services in the corresponding regions or on routes, thus creating a single platform.
It is planned to transfer 10 115 bus stops, 17 bus stations, owned by the state, to private operator-dispatchers.
In this regard, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, relevant ministries and agencies were instructed to introduce this system before December 1 of this year.
According to estimates, there are 2 buses in Uzbekistan for every 10 thousand people. However, more than 30 percent of routes in the regions are inactive. Only 6 percent of the total volume of international passenger traffic (which serve 12 buses with the need for 200 buses) is carried out by legal carriers.
In connection with this, it is necessary to organize 13 auto enterprises, to purchase 400 buses in the current year, and by the end of the next year – 780 buses of Isuzu.
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At the meeting held by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on August 28, issues of involvement of private sector in the system of cargo transportation and establishment of rendering freight forwarding services were considered. This will allow legalizing the activities of unofficially acting carriers, creating convenience for them and customers.
To this end, the Cabinet of Ministers should adopt an appropriate resolution on drastically reducing licenses and permits for freight carriers, establishing activities of private freight forwarding organizations.
During the discussion of issues of increasing competitiveness in the transit cargo transportation market, the fact that domestic carriers account for only 11 percent of export-import and transit cargo transported through the territory of Uzbekistan, as well as undeveloped infrastructure along the main roads, insufficient fuel stations and hotels was criticized.
Tasks were set for concluding additional agreements with foreign countries and large companies on transportation of goods through Uzbekistan, accelerating the use of the Trans-Afghan, Transcaucasian, Trans-Chinese and other highways, organizing joint ventures with cargo carriers, joining international documents in the sphere, developing relevant draft law.
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At the meeting on the issues of improving management in the sphere of road transport, noncompliance with the requirements of procedures for setting tariffs for the provision of passenger transportation services was noted. The gap in the tariffs for bus transportation between the regions is 1.7 times, and in tariffs of fixed-route taxis – more than 6 times.
The Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Finance, the Uzbek Agency for Automobile Transport and the State Competition Committee have been instructed to improve the procedure for state regulation of tariffs for the provision of passenger transportation services.
The need for accelerated introduction of information and communication technologies in the field of transport services was noted. Reception of fare is still carried out by an outdated system. The fact that in the city of Tashkent the introduction of an electronic payment system for travel has been slowing down for the third year already was criticized.
At the meeting, issues of improving the infrastructure and the system of transportation of passengers in the capital were discussed. At the bus stops in Tashkent there are no electronic displays with a schedule of bus traffic, free Internet, there is no video surveillance in buses and corresponding mobile applications. To improve the situation, it is necessary to develop a draft concept for a cardinal renewal of the passenger transport system in the city of Tashkent.
It was noted that the Uzbek Agency for Automobile Transport has not yet established the implementation of integrated state policy on development of transport sector. Therefore, it is necessary to organize a state body that will coordinate activities and implement a unified state policy in the sphere of road, rail and air transport, metro and river transport.
Responsible persons have been instructed to introduce proposals on organization of the Ministry of Transport.