a quarter of the bus service not provided, Pécresse calls on the RATP to act

The company is facing post-covid recruitment and absenteeism issues.

The president of Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) Valérie Pécresse summoned the RATP to present “Action plan» intended to restore normal traffic buses in the region, while a quarter of the service is not provided, in a letter consulted this Friday by AFP. “The situation of the bus network is clearly out of step with its current obligations“, regrets Valérie Pécresse in a letter addressed to the executive director of the RATP Catherine Guillouard dated Thursday.

The information recently communicated by your teams reveals a very significant deterioration in production, with a transport offer completion rate of around 75% since the start of the school year.“, with “high variability in supply from day to day“, he laments. “This situation, which represents for users only three out of four buses, is unacceptable“. She “cannot last and requires a quick reaction on your part“Restore 100% of the offer provided for in the contract signed last year between IDFM and the RATP, insists the elected official (LR).

Recruitment difficulties

Saying that she understands the absenteeism problems experienced by the RATP during the health crisis and its difficulties in hiring drivers, Valérie Pécresse demands “within fifteen days an action plan that includes specific commitments to restore the service“.”Travelers are in great distress“, he added by hand, signing the letter.

The RATP recognizes that it faces significant contracting difficulties, but these “concerns all operators of Ile-de-France“.”Faced with this situation, the company mobilizes and deploys significant resources to recruit and train as many bus drivers as possible to guarantee a service offer in accordance with the objectives established by IDFM.the group replied. While bus traffic was already disrupted this summer, the Régie had promised an improvement in August”for september 1“. At the end of August, there were still 700 bus drivers missing from the 16,000.

The public group, whose CEO will leave his position at the end of the month, then highlighted the reduction in supply during the summer, the impact of numerous road works, the effects of the heat that lengthened the stops of the agents andUnprecedented difficulties in hiring bus drivers.“.

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