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Dep. Min. Hotovely: Min. Katz Won't Meet Me

Deputy Transport Minister says she tried to meet with the minister but he refused.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/9/2013, 10:42 AM

Hotovely and Katz
Hotovely and Katz
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Relations between Transport Minister Yisrael Katz and his deputy, MK Tzipi Hotovely, both of Likud, are definitely not advancing smoothly in the fast lane. MK Hotovely told IDF Radio Tuesday that Katz simply won't meet her.

"I have tried to meet him, and he refused. This is an opportunity to tell him that this is no way to advance road safety.”

The bad relations between the two became public last week, after Hotovely said that she would take action to forbid young drivers from using cellphones while driving, even with a speakerphone. She also said that the policy regarding speed cameras needs to change, and that it should be guided by a principle of “transparency.”

Hours after Hotovely spoke, Katz made clear that the Ministry of Transport does not deal with the matter of speed cameras and that this is completely under the purview of the Ministry for Public Security.

Regarding the setting of speed limits on particular roads, he said – the matter is under the exclusive authority of the minister of transport – Katz himself – and no one else.