The electric golf carts that carry tourists around Kraków city centre and to attractions further afield could soon become strictly regulated by the council – with plans to slash numbers, limit routes and ban advertising.
The city council is proposing that the Melex carts should no longer be allowed to park outisde the Mariacki church, but would instead have to use ulica Sławkowska and Plac Św. Ducha. In addition, it is proposed that the number allowed to operate within the Planty area be cut from 130 to just 35.
Owners would also have to comply with strict ‘aesthetic’ guidelines, banning adverts on their vehicles and using one of just six approved colours. These rules will be overseen by the city artist Jacek Stokłosa. He will have to give approval to all Melex operators applying for licences.
However, Melex operators said the new rules amounted to a campaign against them, pointing out that around 3,500 taxi drivers were allowed to enter the Planty area. They were concerned that they would not be able to take tourists where they wanted to go, because many hotels and attractions were not included on the permitted routes.
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