The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Public Works plans to announce, in May, an international tender among transport companies that are to come to Cyprus for the period from 2020 to 2030. They will replace Cypriot private carriers, with whom the Ministry of Transport does not have relations at all. Existing agreements with OSEL, OSYPA, EMEL, Zenon and InterCity Buses expire in June 2020.
According to preliminary plans, the tender was to be announced as early as October 2018. New companies will need about six months to prepare for the start of their operations in Cyprus. Considering that all the necessary documentation has not yet been collected for the tender, the Ministry of Transport must be in a hurry. There are still no detailed tender conditions for each agreement, no list of required documents, technical specifications and a number of other documents.
Although the beginning of the tender has not yet been officially announced, the deadline for submitting proposals is already known – before July 3. If this date remains in force (which is very controversial), then by September 3, the government will have to decide on its choice of new carriers. And by the beginning of January next year, negotiations with each new applicant will be completed.
According to current data, public transport in Cyprus annually operates routes with a total length of 31 million km (plus 20 million km — these are school bus routes). The budget maintenance of bus companies costs 40-50 million euros.
As for the new agreements, from 2020 to 2030. The carrier, which will be selected for Nicosia, will receive subsidies totaling 24-36 million euros for routes of 9.6 million km. In Limassol, the new carrier will be paid 18-27 million euros with the expectation that he will do 7 million km. For Larnaca and Paphos, these figures are 8.5–15 million euros and 4 million km. In the Famagusta region, the transport company will receive from 9 to 15 million euros and will have to carry out transportation with a total length of 3.6 million km. Intercity buses will cost a budget of 9-13 million euros.
Preference will be given to vehicles with engines of type EURO VI, electric buses or buses on a hydrogen engine. Moreover, a certain percentage of the fleet of new companies will have to be mini-electric buses for 22 seats. In Nicosia and Limassol, they should be running six, in Larnaca, Paphos and the Famagusta region – four each. And when a liquefied natural gas terminal appears in Cyprus, LNG buses can be added to the fleet.
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