Min­is­ter pledges new buses af­ter one bursts into flames

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis an­nounced yes­ter­day that OSY, the trans­port au­thor­ity that man­ages the cap­i­tal’s ag­ing fleet of buses, would re­ceive 500 new ve­hi­cles in due course.

His pledge came a few hours af­ter a bus burst into flames on the cap­i­tal’s Me­so­geion Av­enue near Neo Psy­chico. There was no pas­sen­gers on the bus when the fire started at 8.30 a.m. and no­body was in­jured. Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial in­di­ca­tions, the blaze oc­curred af­ter a tire burst while the bus was in mo­tion.

En­gi­neers and em­ploy­ees of OSY have re­peat­edly com­plained that the com­pany does not have ad­e­quate spare parts and that more than half of the tires on city buses and trol­ley buses are ex­pired or worn.

In com­ments in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, Spirtzis said that when the cur­rent gov­ern­ment came to power, 870 of the 2,387 buses serv­ing the cap­i­tal were out of or­der.

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