As part of their actions related to the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, EASST partner, the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) organised a high-level roundtable discussion at the headquarters of the General Police Inspectorate. This meeting, attended by Chief of the GPI, the National Patrolling Inspectorate, the Automobile Club of Moldova, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure, the Theatre of Young Talents ‘Oratorul’, local band Brio Sonores, the Bikers of Moldova as well as other civil society representatives, drew attention to serious issues around road safety in Chisinau caused by speeding.
Amongst the various issues discussed, the ACM highlighted the work carried out in 2016 relating to the safe operation of taxis in the city. The discussion quickly turned to known illegal taxi operations, particularly around the city’s main airport and national bus stations. It was agreed that swift action was needed to curb this behaviour.
The very next day, representatives of the National Auto Transport Agency and Patrolling Police, led personally by Mr Serghei Bucataru, Vice Minister of Transport, carried out a series of unannounced inspections aimed at controlling taxi services and bringing them in line with lawful operation. As a result of these raids, many taxi drivers were fined for admitting to various technical violations and/or unsafe and illegal actions. Since then, such control measures have been made periodically by the Ministry of Transport (many times including the participation of the Vice Minister Bucataru, who has reported his activities on social media), the ANTA and the National Patrolling Inspectorate.