Unions representing bus drivers in Bulgaria are planning to hold strikes on Monday, June 25, and Thursday, June 28, to protest the Automobile Chamber Bill. The strike is expected to impact service in the capital Sofia, and possibly other cities throughout the country. Associated protests are also expected to take place during the strike. On June 14, over 1800 bus drivers participated in demonstrations in 30 cities, with buses being used to block traffic in Sofia. Union leaders have threatened to hold regular strikes on Thursdays if the bill is not withdrawn in parliament. Transportation disruptions, including increased demand for alternative modes of transportation and traffic congestion, are expected in Sofia during the protests.
Under the bill, the recently established Bulgarian Automobile Chamber (BAC) will be responsible for issuing licenses to drivers and carriers. However, critics claim that the law will allow companies in the BAC to make decisions that are in the interests of their own businesses and are detrimental to their competitors.
Individuals in Bulgaria, particularly in Sofia, are advised to monitor the situation, allow additional time to travel during the strike, and prepare for traffic disruptions around protest sites.
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