Kyiv is drafting a targeted program for improving road safety in the period of 2019-2024. Under this program, it plans to radically reform the public transport system. In particular, it plans to abolish route taxis (marshrutka) and upgrade its fleet of buses, trolleybuses, and trams. The relevant decision was made by the Kyiv city council on October 2.

According to the Kyiv city council, 40% of the route taxis in Kyiv currently operate illegally and there is no effective control over their operations.

It plans to revise the rules for provision of public transport services. In particular, it plans to establish procedures for granting transport subsidies to citizens, introduce a single ticket, introduce uniform requirements for the quality of public transport services, etc.

The Department of Transport Infrastructure has been instructed to draft a document on improving the organization of public transport and ensuring road safety in the period of 2019-2024 within six months of publication of this decision.

As reported earlier, dozens of illegal route taxis have been uncovered in Kyiv. Some appear out of nowhere and then disappear while others operate in the shadow for years.