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Deputy-mayor proposes revoking free travel on BKV for off-duty police

Budapest deputy mayor István György has made a proposal to revoke free travel on the city's public transport system for off-duty police officers, the proposal published on the local council website shows.

György made the proposal after the capital's public transport company BKV failed to reach an agreement with the national and city police on recouping VAT BKV must pay on the services used by off-duty police officers. The local council decided to make travel on BKV vehicles free for the off-duty officers at a meeting on January 12 and the decision came into force on February 1.

The proposal revoking the free travel is to be discussed at a local council meeting next week.

Nobody compensates BKV for about one-third of the discounts it gives its passengers, which adds up to HUF 9 billion, Dávid Vitézy, head of the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK), a company recently established to integrate transport tasks in the capital, told MTI in February.