The Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesić, attended today in the premises of the Public Utility Company „GSP Belgrade“ the signing of the contract for the purchase of ten electric buses, which is worth a little less than six million euros. The contract was signed by the director of JKP „GSP Belgrade“ Radiša Momčilović and Aleksandar Tomašević from the company „DAT holding“. The event was also attended by the city secretary for public transport, Jovica Vasiljevic.
After the signing, Vesić specified that these new vehicles will transport passengers on another ecological line from Belgrade on the water, across Savski trg, Slavija, Kralja Milana to Kalemegdan, with four charging sets so that they would have two at each starting station. Also, Vesić added, a public procurement for the purchase of one hundred articulated gas buses will be announced today.
– The strategy of the City of Belgrade for the reduction of pollution means that by 2030, there will no longer be a single vehicle that uses diesel fuel in public transport. All vehicles will be on gas, and trams, and it is expected that the first metro line will start working by 2028, so that all vehicles will be in the rail system, electric or gas. Next year, at this time, we will have those gas buses on the streets, which will be a big change for Belgrade. In the next five years, we will buy another hundred buses, so that by 2027 we will have six hundred gas vehicles – Vesić emphasized.
When the first subway line starts working after that, said Vesić, and by 2030 the second line, we will not have a single bus in Belgrade, not a single public transport vehicle that does not use environmentally friendly fuel, i.e. does not have environmentally friendly drive.
– The fact that Paris has set itself the task of having all public transport vehicles environmentally friendly by 2025, which means that Belgrade will achieve the same goal only five years later, shows how great that is – said Vesić.
He added that the City will continue to invest in trolleybuses and trams, and that the General Regulation of Rail Systems, which should be adopted in October or November this year, envisages the expansion of the tram network on several lines. This means that there will be tens of new kilometers of the tram network, and the idea is for trams to run on the left bank of the Danube, from the seminary to Ada Huja, then from Požega to Cerak, and from New Belgrade to Bežanijska kosa. If we add to that the expansion of the BG train, which is also planned, as well as the subway, „public transport in the city will look different in the next 10 years,“ Vesić mentioned.
– I am especially proud that today we made the decision to conduct a procurement in mid-March, i.e. after the adoption of the GSP rebalance, which is not large in financial terms, but is important for everyone who uses buses. We currently have 560 buses in the fleet with engine blockers, which stop it if the doors are not closed properly. Unfortunately, we also have about two hundred buses of the older generation that do not have engine blockers. Due to the accidents that unfortunately happened, we made the decision to procure and install blockers in them as well, so that everyone would be sure that the bus would not start if the door was not closed properly. This is an important thing for the safety of everyone who uses buses. Today I will visit the driver training center in JKP „GSP Belgrade“. Under the new law, all professional drivers must attend seven hours at training centers every five years in order to receive a certificate after five years and 35 hours. We have created our own center where drivers of other city companies are also trained. I can tell my fellow citizens that a competition has been opened for drivers in GSP, in which about 3,200 drivers work, and we lack less than 100. Even people who do not have a D category can apply, because we will conduct additional training, and there is work to be done. all who want to work. The situation was much more difficult three or four years ago because hundreds of drivers were missing. In the meantime, the vehicle fleet has been renewed, and drivers’ salaries have been increased, which are now around 74,000 on average, unlike in 2013, when the average was around 47,000. We are working to improve all other conditions to ensure a sufficient number of drivers. Anyone who has the ambition to get a job as a driver in GSP, can apply for the competition. Not only do we hire drivers, but we also train them for that job for free – said Vesić.
The director of JKP „GSP Belgrade“, Radiša Momčilović, said that by procuring gas and electric buses, the company he heads shows that it follows world trends when it comes to public city transport.
– Older generation buses, which use diesel fuel as a drive and emit more harmful gases, are gradually being pushed out of use and replaced by those that use alternative drives, primarily gas, electricity or hybrid drive. In the coming years, we expect the purchase of a significant number of environmentally friendly buses and JKP „GSP Belgrade“ will thus make a maximum contribution to environmental protection in Belgrade – said Momcilovic and reminded that in previous years this company has done a lot to renew the fleet , for which he expressed his gratitude to the City of Belgrade and Deputy Mayor Goran Vesić.