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Over 400,000 used vehicles imported in North Macedonia since 2009, still no ban of sub-EURO 5 ones

No decision has been made so far to amend the regulation on the imports of used cars in North Macedonia, that will ban the import of vehicles below the EURO 5 gas emissions standard. This is the reply that Meta.mk received from the Ministry of Economy and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) regarding our question...

North Macedonia: Former minister pleads guilty in Chinese double-decker buses purchase court case

The former Minister of Transport and Communications, Mile Janakieski, and the two other accused have admitted guilt in the court case "Dizajn" ("Design") about the purchase of urban transport buses for the Public Enterprise "JSP Skopje" from the Chinese manufacturer "Yutong" in the period when VMRO-DPMNE led the country. After they admitted their guilt, the Basic Criminal Court - Skopje...

Experts caution Skopje’s mayor Arsovska about BRT system: Do not make haste decisions about strategic issues!

Toward the end of the '80s, a referendum for introduction of trams in Skopje went unsuccessful by 1%. It took another 30 years for the procedure for introducing alternative public transportation in the capital to come to a closure. So, don't act hastily, say the experts after the statement of the new Skopje mayor Danela Arsovska that she does...

Tender for implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit in Skopje announced

Three days before the second round of the local elections in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, the mayor of Skopje Petre Shilegov announced the call for tender for implementation of the the Bus Rapid Transit - BRT. The tender procedure follows after the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved a loan for the implementation of the Bus...

Skopje “celebrates” European Mobility Week with one million passengers less in the public transportation

Activities for marking the European Mobility Week have been taking place in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia these days, but along comes defeating data about how people are practising the sustainable urban mobility in their everyday trips. According to the latest data provided by JSP - Skopje, the capital's public transportation during the first half of the year transported...

COVID-19 crisis put public transportation in North Macedonia on oxygen support

In 2020, there were 40,523,000 passengers in the urban and intercity public transportation in North Macedonia, show the data provided by the State Statistical Office. It's the historically lowest number of transferred passengers with public transportation throughout the municipalities nationwide and the COVID pandemic is behind this drop in numbers. Compared to 2019, the number of passengers using the urban...

If the protective measures are observed, the risk of infection with COVID-19 in buses or trains is minimal

The country's public transportation is facing serious financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and, for a while, it has been pinpointed as a risky location where the coronavirus can spread among people. Towards the end of October, the Government managed to introduce a measure to limit the capacity of the passenger vehicles to up to 50% of their...

In two months, the police issued 527 fines for technical irregularities of the vehicles for passenger transport

During September and October this year, the Ministry of Interior of North Macedonia (MOI) issued 527 fines due to technical irregularities of the vehicles that are used for transportation of passengers, informed MOI. During the given two month period, controls were conducted of vehicles used for public transportation (buses, taxi vehicles, vans) both between municipalities and the intercity transportation...

We travel mostly by car and public transport, we use buses and trains less and less (infographic)

In the past three decades, the traveling habits of the Macedonian nationals have changed significantly. The data provided by the State Statistical Bureau of North Macedonia show that car and taxi transportation have had become the main means of transportation through the years. In 2018, 80.4% of the traveled passenger-kilometers in the road transport (9,452 millions passenger-kilometers), were in private...

The new eco-buses hit the streets of Skopje (photogallery)

The new LPG gas-powered eco-buses, produced by the German company MAN, have hit the streets of Skopje today. The city authorities inform that the drivers of the new buses, which will service the lines No 2, 5, 15, and 57, have been properly trained by a certified driver-instructor from Croatia. A single eco-bus can save up to 25.000 EUR in...

COVID-19 caused a loss of 11.6 million passengers and 4.5 million EUR to the public transportation in Skopje (infographic)

The coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous negative effect on the functioning of public transportation in Skopje and the Public Transportation Company-Skopje (Javno soobrakjajno pretprijatie - Skopje - JSP -Skopje). The long lockdown hours, closed schools, and colleges, many people working from their homes, including people's fears to use public transportation, in a period of three months have caused...

In 18 years, a decline of 40 million passengers using public transportation (infographic)

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The number of transported persons by the public transportation in Macedonia has been dropping through the years, but nevertheless, more and more Macedonian municipalities are deciding to introduce regular public transportation in the cities. The data provided by the State Statistical Bureau indicate that last year 71.400.000 passengers have used urban or suburban transport, while in the year 2000,...

Eight years on and Skopje is still waiting for free parking for vehicles from other cities

Even though "Park and Drive" was included as a project in 2011 in the first plan for sustainable transport of the City of Skopje, the concept to this day has not been introduced to our metropolis. The project by which cities in developed countries solve the problem of traffic congestion in their city centres has not been carried out...

Free public transport in Skopje due to high levels of air pollution

Free public transport from today - in JSP buses and in private carriers. These are just some of the measures taken by the City of Skopje to deal with the enormous air pollution in recent weeks, announced today Mayor Trajanovski at a press conference. They will include washing the streets, control on construction sites and vehicles leaving construction sites,...

Police did not allow “close encounter” between the two groups protesting

A large number of police officers including members of special units were embedded at the Archbishop Cathedral of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in downtown Skopje to prevent a possible clash between the demonstrators from "I protest" and supporters from GDOM. Once the protest outside government came to a finish, protesters from the civil initiative "I protest" headed down "Kliment Ohridski"...

Taxi drivers from Gevgelija will again block the border and the city

Bus and taxi drivers today at noon will again block the border crossing - Bogorodica. The protest of the drivers will last for two hours. Drivers of buses and taxi companies want to be involved in the transport of migrants, and recently they came to an agreement over the issue. Besides blocking traffic in both directions at the border crossing,...

More than 6,000 migrants are travelling with buses and taxis due to the train strike

Buses and taxis transport migrants from Gevgelija to Tabanovce  because of the strike by drivers from "Macedonian Railways". Latest news says from the train station in Gevgelija, 2,000 migrants left on special trains, while the remaining 4,000 migrants in the camp went with buses and taxis. According to estimates, in the course of the day, 5,000 - 6,000 refugees are expected...