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National Assembly Could Pass Transportation Law This Week

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The Transportation Users Movement of 23 October - Protesting
The Transportation Users Movement of 23 October - Protesting
By Irma Elena Mordok for the Panama America - As soon as the controversial reforms to the law governing public transportation were passed in the second debate, the members of the "Movimiento de Usuarios 23 de Octubre" (Transportation Users Movement of 23 October) expressed their displeasure immediately. The problem is that there are two elements which they consider to be fundamental to the reform which were excluded from the bill. The most controversial element is the lack of equity in the number of members and representation on the Board of Directors of the Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT). The law as drafted now allows for industry representatives (bus owners) to maintain a majority - that is to say the ATTT will have four industry representatives and only two representatives from "users" or community groups that represent bus passengers. Benito Mojica, lawyer for the October 23 Users Movement, said that they had requested that the bill be modified to allow for three representatives from each side, a request that was unanimously agreed to by the Technical Commission but ignored by the controlling PRD Deputies of the National Assembly. Esperanza Mena hope, a member of the Movement, reiterated that they will fight for their rights, although she did not specify exactly what actions they would take. Panama America has learned that one of their plans is to conduct a campaign through radio programs in order to call attention to their cause to the authorities. The president of the Transportation Commission of the National Assembly of Transport of the Assembly, Alejandro Vanegas, confirmed that the project will be approved in the third debates this week.

Movimiento 23 de Octubre no colgará los guantes

Esta semana se espera que se apruebe en tercer debate las reformas a la Ley del Transporte.

Irma Elena Mordok

PANAMA AMERICA

UNA VEZ fue aprobado el segundo debate de las polémicas reformas a la Ley del Transporte, el Movimiento de Usuarios 23 de Octubre manifestó de inmediato su descontento.

Y es que dos aspectos que para ellos eran fundamentales se excluyeron de las modificaciones. El más controversial es la falta de equidad en los miembros de la Junta Directiva de la Autoridad del Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (ATTT).

La participación de los transportistas continúa siendo mayoritaria; es decir, cuatro transportistas y dos usuarios.

Benito Mojica, asesor legal del Movimiento de Usuarios 23 de Octubre, contó que se había hecho la petición de que fueran tres por ambas partes, aspecto que había consensuado por todos los miembros de la Comisión Técnica e ignorado por diputados de la bancada oficialista.

Esperanza Mena, integrante del Movimiento, reiteró que realizarán acciones para pelear por sus derechos, aunque no precisó cuáles serán.

Panamá América conoció que una de ellas es una propaganda radial, como un llamado de atención a las autoridades, por mantener la desigualdad.

El presidente de la Comisión de Transporte de la Asamblea, Alejandro Vanegas, afirmó que el proyecto será aprobado en tercer debate esta semana.

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