Private passanger transportation services (2011)

Private passanger transportation services (2011)

In 2011 CASE Belarus was operating the project titled „The support of private passenger transportation companies by activisation of passenger transport associations“ within Polish Aid 2011 programme. The aim of the project is to enhance development of private passenger transportation services in Belarus.

Project title
The support of private passenger transportation companies by activisation of passenger transport associations.

Duration
May 2011 – December 2011

Background
Sector of passenger transportation services in Belarus is characterized by a few systematic barriers. The most important of them are absence of fair competetion between state-owned and private companies (monopoly of  state-owned companies), non-transparent administrative regulation procedures, and improper legislation. There is a great potential of development of private passenger transportation companies provided they are properly equipped with knowledge and regulatory bodies provide stimulus for them. Existing associations of passenger transport companies actively advocate private companies but they are lack of European experience and analytical support.

Objectives
The general aim of the project was to enhance development of private passenger transportation services in Belarus.

Specific objectives were the following:
i) To conduct analysis of the most important issues in development of private transportation companies in Belarus, which are chosen as:
— introduction of passenger transportation operators: their status, functions, sources of financing;
— bus stations: ownership status and financial aspects of operaions;
— illegal passenger transportation services;
— introduction of taxi operators: their status, functions, sources of financing.
ii) To formulate the recommedations for effective governmental policies towards solving the highlighted issues.
iii) To provide legal, strategic, and analytical support for associations of private passenger transportation companies.

Outcomes
1. Survey in 17 Belarusian towns and cities was conducted for collecting the data on illegal passenger transportation services.
2. Experience of European countries was studied in terms of solving issues and problems were discussed.
3. Analytical papers describing the most problematic areas of private passenger transportation services were prepared (in Russian): Research on illegal passenger transportation services of regular communication in Belarus, Market for taxi services in the countries of European Union.
4. Compendium for private passenger transportation companies with legal advices towards more effective work was prepared and distributed among 3.000 private companies.
5. Recommendations were provided for policy-makers with instruments for more effective regulations of passenger transportation services.
6. Pack of legal and strategic documents was prepared for registration of Belarusian Association of Passenger Transporters
7. Results of the project were distributed among public via media and a final conference.

Achievements
1. For the first time in Belarus, the study of illegal passenger transportation services was designed and performed:  evaluated sector’s  turnover, perspectives as well as presented the map of such services available in Belarus. Wide public and government officials’ attention was drawn to this issue.
2. For the first time in Belarus a complex approach towards taxi services regulations was initiated, including conducting of a focus group with taxi-drivers.
3. The comprehensive compendium for private passenger transportation companies was officially prepared and presented during the project. The compendium covers basic and advanced legal issues  that will allow for reducing some of the transaction costs for the private companies in the sector.

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