Transport
CSDD's electric car charging prices to change monthly in Latvia
Prices of new cars could rise by 8% in the near future, the Latvian Authorised Automobile Dealers Association forecasts. Similarly, the services of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD) will become more pricey, especially for exclusive services, Latvian Radio reported on September 20.
Saeima supports Rail Baltica bill
In order to ensure the construction of the planned 'Rail Baltica' high-speed railway link through the Baltic states, and to remove obstacles that affect its timely completion, the Saeima conceptually supported a Rail Baltica bill on Thursday, September 15.
Suspicious number plates seen recently in Rīga
In less than two weeks, the police have identified more than 30 cases of traffic vehicles with suspicious number plates – mostly cars from Russia, the State Police told newswire LETA on September 15.
Latvia's train stations to get new platforms
All passenger train routes running new trains will also have new platforms. Their construction has started Monday, September 12, and altogether 48 platforms are planned to be built or upgraded. They will be specifically designed to make it easy for people with visual and mobility disabilities to finally enter passenger trains, Latvian Television reported.
Two minibus routes replaced by buses in Rīga
From Monday, September 12, on two minibus routes – 303 Pļavnieki – Jugla and 363 Mežciems – Šampēteris, Rīga public transport buses will run, Rīgas satiksme said Monday.
Ship stuck in Gulf of Rīga since March due to sanctions
Since the beginning of March, a ship holding nearly 55 thousand tons of potassium chloride has been anchored at a stop belonging to the Rīga Free port, the Latvian Television broadcast De Facto reported September 11. The cargo of fertilizer belongs to a company subject to European Union sanctions.
Bolt fined €1.4 million for tax evasion: LTV's De Facto
The State Revenue Service (VID) has fined the “Bolt” taxi-on-demand company EUR 1.4 million for non-payment of corporate income tax (UIN). This is the second time the Latvian authority penalizes the Estonian unicorn for tax evasion in Latvia, Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto reported on September 11.
No more 'express' minibuses in Rīga
The minibus company “Rīga minibus traffic” (RMS), received a court decision to declare the company's insolvency on Friday, September 9, RMS said.
Rīga Airport's Covid recovery continues
Between January and August this year, Riga Airport handled 3.4 million passengers, the airport said September 6, as it continues to recover from the huge disruption of the Covid pandemic.
LTV: Around 100 Latvian residents go to Russia daily
On average, more than 100 Latvian residents travel through three border inspection posts to Russia daily. Since the middle of the summer when Russia lifted the pandemic restrictions on travel, the flow has increased slightly, Latvian Television reported on September 5.
Traffic changes near Rīga airport due to Rail Baltica construction
As the construction work of the Rail Baltica railway station and related infrastructure is continuing at the Rīga International Airport, as of Monday, September 5, traffic organization is changed near the airport, according to the construction company B.S.L. Infra.
Growth in annual figures of freight and passenger transport
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published on September 2 show that in the 1st half of 2022, compared to the 1st half of 2021, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has grown. Freight traffic by road transport has reduced, but in other sectors – increased.
Helicopter above Rīga maps 'digital twin' of city
The low-flying helicopter, which has been seen above several Rīga suburbs in recent weeks, has performed laser scanning work to acquire a 3D model of the city and its surroundings, Latvian Television reported on August 31.
airBaltic celebrates 50 million passengers
The fifty-millionth passenger of the Latvian national airline airBaltic was awaited with a ceremony at Rīga International Airport on Monday, August 29, Latvian Television reported on August 31.
Fire on Ventspils–Sweden ferry; no passengers harmed
On Monday, August 29, a fire broke out on the ferry Stena Scandica, which runs between Ventspils and the Swedish port of Nynäshamn. There are around 300 people on the ferry, but the Swedish authorities report that the fire has been contained and the passengers are not in danger.
Liepāja saw foreign tourist numbers rise by 40% this summer
In Liepāja, compared to last year, the number of tourists increased by at least 40%, coming from 85 countries. A new tourism niche has opened in the city: the possibility of operating cruise ships, Latvian Radio reported on August 29. 
Don't fly drones close to airports, authority urges public
Between July 1 and August 1, 602 drone flights were detected in the Rīga airport's air traffic control area, of which 397 were carried out too close to the airport area or above the maximum permitted flight height, the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) said August 25.
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