The working conditions of BKV (Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation) bus drivers have improved, Gábor Nemes, chairman of the Trade Union of Transport (Egységes Közlekedési Szakszervezet) told Two police officers accompany every bus, there’s a car service station at Röszke, and there are backup drivers as well.

According to the chairman’s information, BKV has spent 100 million HUF so far on transporting migrants from one place to another. In September, the Municipality of Budapest has authorized the spending of 8.7 million HUF/month (the equivalent of four buses and two drivers). The costs have been way higher than that.

The buses depart from South – Budapest, from a garage near the M5 motorway; most of them are old Ikaruses. Drivers are volunteering for the job, sacrificing their day-offs, and no one knows what kind of compensation they will get, or if they get anything at all.

The drivers’ cabins are protected by a smaller cordon; they get food, water, and sanitizers. The buses are regularly disinfected as well.

The biggest problem is, Gábor Nemes says, that the drivers are given orders by the police, not the BKV; they get the directions in the last minute for instance. A bus dispatcher would help a lot in organizing the work and the drivers. Due to this crisis each and every rule is overlooked, from the collateral agreement to the labour code, which is only partially understandable – says the chairman.

translated by Adrienn Sain
based on an article of

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