Naples' buses at standstill, unable to pay for diesel
Transport authority blames 40% budget cuts30 January, 13:06
Almost the entire fleet of the public transport company - Azienda Napoletana Mobilita' (ANM) - remained in the parking lot because ANM is no longer able to pay for fuel.
ANM said a number of buses began morning routes, but were forced to return when their tanks ran low. "Of the 600 buses that circulated a few years ago (2009), only 350 circulate today, because between state and regional (budget) cuts, the contributions that ANM receives to pay salaries, tax contributions, perform maintenance on vehicles and facilities, pay insurance, buy diesel, etc, have been reduced by 40%," ANM wrote on its website.
"Obviously it is no longer possible to do the things that one did before" so the company is no longer in the condition to "guarantee more vehicles, maintain them, etc.," ANM wrote.
"It is not a question of will or capability. It is a question of ability," ANM concluded.