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Transport Minister Jon-Ivar Nygård (Ap) wants to make side-by-side Russian buses illegal. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 17:09:39

Policy: The minister is determined to make side-by-side Russian buses illegal, writes The online newspaper.

– We want a safe and secure celebration for the Russians. Now the government is considering banning buses with side-by-side seats and standing in the bus while driving, confirms Nygård.

The side-by-side buses have the seats facing each other, in contrast to a normal scheduled bus. Nygård believes the side-by-side buses are a danger to Russia’s safety.

It has not been possible to get these buses approved in Norway since 2004, but the Norwegian Russian has found a loophole in the law. By getting the buses approved and registered in Sweden, they circumvent the rules.

In a letter that Nettavisen has obtained access to, transport minister Jon Ivar Nygård (Ap) asks his Swedish colleague, infrastructure and housing minister Andreas Carlson, for help.

– We see that there is a loophole in Sweden with how they handle such buses. In Norway, you no longer get approved conversion to side-by-side seats, but you do in Sweden. That is why I am sending a letter to my Swedish colleague and making him aware of the consequences we fear this may have, says Nygård.

(© NTB)

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