“As of today, a fare of RUB 15 per ride makes economic sense, “ Gennady Baharev, Simferopol’s Mayor, is reported as saying by Krym Media news agency.

“I was shown the rate yesterday, but I said I would not authorize a fare hike like that. A per ride fare shouldn’t be higher than RUB 12. And if fares go up, quality and safety standards must be increased, too. Because the current ones are simply appalling, “ says Baharev.

According to him, lack of competition is preventing private transport providers from rendering quality services. “Simferopol is the only city where buses wait for passengers and not the other way round. That should be done away with and forgotten about,” says Baharev.