The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Kostas Karamanlis announced the benefits for public transport passengers who have a vaccination certificate.
On the SKAI channel, the minister said that the possibility of providing benefits in the form of discounts for regular users of public urban transport (MMM, Μέσων Μαζικής Μεταφοράς) is being considered. “2/3 of passengers have monthly or quarterly tickets, and we will soon announce a package of discounts for vaccinated people,” the minister said, without specifying what exactly is included in the discount package.
At the same time, he stressed that it is unlikely that the unvaccinated will have limited access to the use of transport, or that there will be different trains (cars) on the metro, depending on whether you were vaccinated. “We have to convince people to get vaccinated, not exclude them,” he said.
When asked whether the issue of mandatory vaccination of MMM employees is being considered, he noted that at this stage it would be excessive. “We don’t believe in coercion, but in persuasion. In buses and trolleybuses, we have taken measures to protect workers, since the front door does not open and there is a partition. In the metro, rolling stock drivers and most workers are isolated from passenger traffic. “At this stage, it would be superfluous for the ministry to offer compulsory vaccinations,” said Mr. Karamanlis.
As he noted, most drivers are fully vaccinated, while disinfection and frequent express tests of employees are constantly carried out, and the number of metro train routes has increased by 3,000.
“A report has been published, which says that the only metropolitan areas that have increased the number of public transport services for the population of the countries are Athens and Sydney,” the minister said.