Astana bus fleet officials take steps to improve services, safety

ASTANA – Astana bus fleet administration officials discussed improving safety and the quality of services during a recent meeting chaired by Astana Passenger Transport Department Director Bekmyrza Igenberdinov.

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Meeting participants focused on reaching performance requirements, adhering to planned bus schedules, routes and intervals, as well as compliance with traffic rules by bus drivers and improving the cultural level of drivers and bus conductors.

They also proposed requiring bus drivers beginning April 1 to leave their cell phones behind before beginning their driving shift.

In addition, the transport control service and the control line service of the carriers were instructed to monitor the use of mobile phones, smoking in bus lounges by drivers, and compliance with traffic rules.

“The contact centre is operating smoothly to improve service in public transport, as well as to establish feedback. The information with the contact centre number is placed in the buses of the city,” reported the akimat (city administration) press service.

At the end of the meeting, Igenberdinov gave specific directions to improve quality.

Meanwhile, the Astana Competence Centre has started recruiting bus drivers in anticipation of EXPO 2017.

“There are certain requirements for them, prescribed by law. Job seekers should have at least five years of driving experience and three years of experience in the public passenger transport. We welcome all drivers from the regions. Our centre will hold trainings for them to meet certain requirements. Particularly, we focus on the upcoming international exhibition. There are drivers who are ready to devote themselves to this profession, and we invite them to the centre,” head of Astana Competence Centre Ayazhan Kassymova said.