Riga City Council will refuse monthly parking subscriptions for deputies

From next year, the Riga City Council will refuse monthly parking reservations for deputies, LETA was informed by the Public Relations Department of the Riga City Council.

At the co-operation meeting of the Riga City Council coalition parties “For Development / For!”, “Progressive”, “New Unity”, National Union / Latvian Association of Regions and New Conservative Party faction, they agreed to waive monthly subscriptions to “Rīgas satiksme” parking lots for Riga City Council municipal employees who currently have such subscriptions.

The Chairman of the Riga City Council Mārtiņš Staķis (APP) emphasized that such a system is outdated, as not all deputies use private transport and use more modern and more environmentally friendly modes of mobility, including public transport.

Currently, one such subscription costs 250 euros per month, so this decision will save the municipality money. It will also promote trust in the Riga City Municipality, because in today’s conditions such parking subscriptions are considered a disproportionate privilege, Staķis said.

Unsubscribing will take place starting from January 1, 2021. Until then, it is planned to develop new guidelines on how to put into practice the provision of mobility opportunities for deputies provided for by law, the agreement provides.

LETA reported that the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau will assess in a departmental inspection the publicly reported information about the possibly resigned Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Juris Pūce (AP), possibly illegal use of the “Rīgas satiksme” parking lot. Maris Mičerevskis, a deputy of the Riga City Council, who left the party for the development of Latvia, recently publicly announced such a possible violation of the law.

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