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Tuesday, September 18 2018 @ 09:29 PM UTC

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ATTT Is Considering The Possibility Of Not Making Motorcyclists Wear Vests With The License Plate

Cars & TransportationThe director of the Transit Authority (ATTT), Roberto Moreno, said they are considering the possibility of not adopting the measure of making motorcyclists wear vests with the license plate number, as it is proposed in the new traffic regulation that will take effect on August 8.

He said they are currently discussing this possibility with these organizations, after demonstrations against the resolution of the ATTT applying new rules for motorcyclists.

"They [motorcyclists] do not want to use the license plate on the vests (…) We can reach an agreement on that, but they must wear reflective vests so people can identify them while they are driving," said Moreno.

The ATTT will not apply the Resolution No. 904 until August 8. This new regulation requires all the motorcyclists to wear a reflective vest with the license plate of their motorcycle. (Prensa)

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Passengers Decided To Block The Way For A Metro Bus After Waiting For Too Long

Cars & TransportationTired of waiting for a bus to take them to their destinations, a group of people stopped and blocked a Metro Bus, identified with the number 04-48-S, in the area of Balboa (where the McDonald's is).

Alba Aldeano, who was waiting for a bus to take her to Veranillo, said the action was “spontaneous.” “We were tired of waiting for a bus (...) we have been waiting for an hour and a half,” said Aldeano.

Therefore, a group of people (at least 25) who was in the same situation decided to block the bus, which was in transit according to the sign.

The bus driver told the people that she already had another route, which is why she couldn’t take them. "But we want answers," said Aldeano.

The angry users decided to block the way for the vehicle, heavily affecting traffic in this area.

Later in the afternoon, police units arrived at the site as well as a supervisor of the company Mi Bus, who authorized the bus to take the passengers. (Prensa)

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The Panama Metro Subway System Will Have Automatic Speed Control

Cars & TransportationThe administrator of Panama Metro Line One, Roberto Roy, said the Metro will have automatic speed control at all times for guaranteeing maximum security.

He gave his statement after the tragedy in Santiago de Compostela, to the northeast of Galicia in Spain, where a train went off the tracks and this resulted in 80 deaths and over 170 injured.

And one of the causes of this accident was the excessive speed it had when it crashed. (Panama America)

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The Metro And Metro Bus Will Use One Single Card

Cars & TransportationThe authorities expect Sonda to correct their issues regarding the lack of recharge centers for the cards. However, how much will the transportation fee be?

The Metro Secretary, Roberto Roy, is concerned about how the will make this inclusion, especially after the issues they have had with Mi Bus.

The Panama Subway Metro System will operate for 18 hours every day and they are estimated to transport 525 thousand passengers per day.

They will also be assisted by the Metro Buses which will take the passengers to the Metro stations.

According to Nicolas Brea, secretary of the Transit Authority, they will start operating with the current routes of the Metro Bus, and later on they will define the changes and alternate routes, after the Metro starts operating.

The users of public transportation state they are currently concerned about this inclusion.

The contract between Mi Bus and the Transit authority contemplates the inclusion of the Metro and the modification of routes.

The Metro will start operating on March 2014. (TVN)

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Henriquez Met With SONDA To Know About Their Improvements

Cars & TransportationThe Presidency Minister, Roberto Henríquez, met today with representatives from SONDA, company in charge of the distribution and electronic recharge of the Metro Bus cards.

At the meeting, the Minister told them about the dissatisfaction of the Government and the users with the Metro Bus because they seem to not be able to receive a good service as they still have issues when trying to recharge their cards.

The representatives of SONDA explained they have reached major progress for the users to recharge their cards in different centers installed throughout Panama and San Miguelito.

Raúl Vehar and the manager of SONDA, Marcelo Castilgione, announced a marketing program will start on August 12 for the users to receive a bonus every time they make large deposits.

Minister Henriquez reiterated the dissatisfaction of the Government and the people due to the issues with the cards, which is crucial for the users to take the Metro Bus.

"We recognize the efforts made by SONDA to improve their services, but we still require them to further improve their services for the users,” said the Minister. (Panama America)

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$20 Fines Are Being Applied At The North Corridor To Drivers Without The Card

Cars & TransportationSince yesterday, Wednesday, July 10th, drivers who arrive at the toll booths in the corridors without credit in their cards or without the actual card are being fined.

This was stated by the director of the National Highway Company (ENA), Rigoberto Effio. The fine is $20 for not obeying signs and affecting vehicular traffic through these highways.

“These fines are being applied since yesterday [Wednesday],” said Effio. He also said this fine is applied by the Traffic Authority. Effio said they have managed to reduce the long lines in the North Corridor thanks to the measure of only accepting pre-paid cards, which has been enforced since June 17. (Prensa)

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The Authorities Will Evaluate The Suggestions From The Motorcyclists

Cars & TransportationThe Government Minister, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, met today with members of the Panamanian Club of Motorcyclists, who presented their disagreement with the decision of the Transit Authority (ATTT) forcing the motorcyclists to wear helmets and reflective vests with the identification of the vehicle registration, starting on July 24.

At the meeting the motorcyclists gave several suggestions to Fabrega, such as using reflective clothing, having larger license plates for the motorcycles and road safety education seminars for those who drive motorcycles.

A term of five days was established for the authorities to review the suggestions of the motorcyclists, in order to find a way of reaching an agreement.

The representative of the Panama Motorcyclists' Association, Vasco Torres de León, said they expect to receive a regulation in harmony with the rights of individuals, but also one that helps the government to reduce the crime rates in the country.

The minister said the measure established by the ATTT is aimed to protect citizens; however, he said the meeting was very productive and he is sure about reaching an agreement with the motorcyclists. (Panama America)

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Motorcyclists Still Refuse The Idea Of Wearing Identified Vests And Helmets

Cars & TransportationThe motorcyclists are still against the measures announced by the Transit Authority (ATTT), which force motorcyclists to wear vests and helmets identified with their license plate number starting on June 18.

Oscar Lopéz, member of the National Association of Motorcyclists, announced today during a press conference that if the Government approves this decree they will organize a national caravan on Friday, July 12, from the Coastal Beltway until the Supreme Court of Justice, where they will present an appeal.

"Wearing this vest will not help in the fight against crime; proof of this is that Colombia applied this measure for 10 years and it was then removed,” said Lopéz. (Panama America)

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The Use Of The Vest And Helmet For Motorcyclists Will Come Into Effect On July 18

Cars & TransportationThe director of the Transit Authority (ATTT), Roberto Moreno, explained the decree for the use of the reflective vest and the license plate number on the helmet is not going back.

The decree will come into effect from Thursday, July 18, and whoever does not follow the regulations will be sanctioned with fines from $75. Moreno says this is a measure that should have been applied a long time ago, because it was included in the ATTT regulations from 2006.

"This is not new, this is a regulation that will ensure the security of the motorcyclists and all Panamanians and I don’t see why people refuse to this law.”

Moreno said he will not meet with none of the motorized groups because this measure is a fact.

According to the ATTT there are 3,358 motorcycles inscribed with their respective registration certificates. (Estrella)

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SONDA Owes Over $45 Thousand In Fines

Cars & TransportationBetween Thursday and Friday, the Traffic Authority (ATTT) will define whether or not they will maintain or suspend the $2,080 daily fine applied to the company SONDA due to non-compliance with the one thousand sales and recharging centers for the Metro Bus.

According to the director of the ATTT, Roberto Moreno, this entity is checking for the second time the 1,242 recharge centers handed to them by SONDA in a list.

He explained they will suspend the daily fine applied to them since June 10 if they are in compliance with the contract.

In 22 days SONDA has accumulated $45,760 in fines, counted until July 1st.

EVALUATION IN PROGRESS

Audits carried out by the ATTT to the company Mi Bus are still under evaluation. This report will determine if they will increase the daily fine they currently have to $2,296.

“Until the company meets all the requirements in the contract they will continue receiving daily fines,” said Moreno.

The director of the ATTT said Mi Bus already paid their debt of $32,400, while SONDA has only paid $2,080.

Esperanza Mena, leader of the Protection of Public Transportation Users Group, said the fines applied to SONDA should be even higher, because users still go through a hassle to recharge their cards. When the representatives of Mi Bus were asked about the fines, they only said they are complying with the contract. SONDA did not answer the calls made by El Siglo. (Siglo)

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