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Transport Company of the capital city of Prague Prague helps war-stricken Ukraine by donating trams and buses to Kharkiv

Transport Company of the capital city of Prague Prague helps war-stricken Ukraine by donating trams and buses to Kharkiv
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03 / 10 / 2022

Transport Company of the capital city of Prague Prague (DPP) in cooperation with the City of Prague and through the non-profit organization People in Need donates 20 trams and two buses to Ukraine. The beneficiary of the aid is the Kharkiv City Transport Company. All the donated vehicles are operational, the trams will be used in public transport in Kharkiv, and the buses in the western Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi. The first trams are expected to head to Ukraine in the coming days or weeks.

DPP is donating 5 T3SUCS trams, 15 T6A5 trams, which ceased operation in June last year, one Karosa B951 bus, and one Irisbus Citelis 18M articulated bus to Kharkiv City Transport Company. The donation of the vehicles was facilitated by the City Hall. Igor Terekhov, Mayor of Kharkiv, approached the Mayor's Office of the City of Kharkiv with a request for assistance. The donation of the vehicles will take place through the non-profit organization People in Need, a major provider and distributor of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, as well as one for the reconstruction of the war-stricken country. Therefore, People in Need is cooperating in the administrative arrangements for the event, helping to monitor the situation in Ukraine, and overseeing the handover of the vehicles in Kharkiv. In addition to donating the vehicles with the current book value of just under CZK 7 million, DPP will also cover the costs of loading them. The donor, the Kharkiv Municipal Transport Company, will take care of the trucking and all customs formalities.

"The vehicles that can no longer serve passengers in Prague will find the necessary use elsewhere. In Ukraine, many trams and buses were completely devastated by the invasion of an uninvited Russian dictator. We support the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities so that war refugees can return to their homes as soon as possible," said Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of the capital city of Prague. Prague.

"We have been cooperating with war-affected cities for a long time, and after Mariupol, it is now the turn of Kharkiv. We are also fulfilling the resolution of the Prague City Council. The first trams will go to Ukraine in the next few weeks. It will depend mainly on the security situation in the country," said Adam Scheinherr, Deputy Mayor of the capital city of Prague. Prague's Deputy Mayor for Transport and Chairman of the DPP Supervisory Board.

"On the day Ukraine was invaded by Russia, on 24 February 2022, the City Council of the Capital City of Prague met to discuss the city's future. The City Council of Prague agreed on a resolution to help its sister transport companies in Ukraine by donating vehicles that DPP no longer needs for its operations. Primarily these were the T3SUCS and T6A5 trams, which our partners in Ukraine know well because, in previous years, we sold discarded vehicles of these types here. They served well and are still in public transport in some places, e.g., Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other cities. At the beginning of the war, the Russian aggressors destroyed several trams in Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other cities, including ours. Therefore, to help rebuild and provide public transport in the war-affected cities, we offered the MHMP, as the main humanitarian aid coordinator for Prague and city companies, a list of operational DPP vehicles we could donate to Ukraine in due course. I hope that the time will come and I firmly believe that all the vehicles will be transported to both Ukrainian cities without any damage and will help to restore public transport there," said Petr Witowski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of DPP and added: "In the second half of last year, Ukrainian partners expressed interest in buying part of our T6A5 trams. Unfortunately, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the war completely stopped the preparation for this affair. Therefore, I am glad we can finally donate these trams, supplemented by other cars, to our sister transport company in Kharkiv."

"This whole occurrence is an example of good cooperation between the civil and public sectors, which has a deep tradition in People in Need since the early days of our organization in the 1990s. We are pleased to help facilitate this donation and help spread the good name of our country, which has shown unprecedented solidarity with embattled Ukraine over the past seven months. It is great that people in the Czech Republic, despite the energy crisis and the worsening economic situation, are not indifferent to what is happening just a few kilometers east of our border," concluded Jana Toužimská, deputy regional director for the Eastern Partnership and the Balkans at People in Need.

Source: Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy (DPP) Press Releases