The Knesset Economics Committee approved, Sunday, a bill that would allow the transportation minister to establish a public panel for appeals of fines issued by the Citipass company, which runs Jerusalem light rail. The company has its own appeals committee but there is not appealing the committee's decisions.
Chief Executive Officer Yehuda Shoshani of Citipass claimed that the amount of the fines and the method of enforcement were determined by the state by law and in its agreement with the company. He added, "We do not oppose an appeals committee, but it is not required by law or the franchise contract. We run - at our own initiative - a mechanism for fines and a change in the law and the contract will be tied in costs to the franchise winner."