Uzbek bus tokens

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Public transport

The city buses are often overcrowded and investment is insufficient since the break-up of the Soviet Union. To a significant degree, this is the consequence of very low ticket prices and free use of buses and trams for a number of groups, such as veterans and retirees. Another factor is or was drivers pocketing fares and not issuing tickets.

Rules for use

In the newspaper The Samarkand Gazette of April 27, 2016 a resolution of the regional hokim of 3. Mirzayev of April 20, 2016 was published. Salient points, translated from Russian:

  • As of May 1, 2016 the city of Samarkand will introduce as one of the means of payment for travel on public transport-buses - tokens purchased with plastic cards.
  • ... place an order for the purchase of special tokens at the "Tashkent zabbhonasi" enterprise of the state production association "Davlat belgisi" ...
  • ... ensure the organization of special points for the sale of tokens in the city.

The tokens were not valid on Mashrutka buses, privately run lines with a fixed route, stopping anywhere on demand.

Kukeldash madrasah.jpg


Rules were similar in Toshkent. In particular, the tokens could not be paid in cash, were available from machines only and could not be sold by drivers. These rules were likely meant to promote cashless transactions and act against corruption. Cash could still be used to pay drivers, though.

Background information

Organisations mentioned on the tokens:

Further information:

Catalogue

Toshkent
TKB01.jpg
Filename TKB01
Side 1 Kukeldash madrasah within sunburst, Toshkent transport token
Side 2 national arms
Manufacture Aluminium
Size (mm) 24
Weight (grams)
Notes Tokens were used from 1994 for a short time. Valid on buses, trolleybuses and tramways.
Source
TKB02.jpg
Filename TKB02
Side 1 Buses, TZ logo (Toshkent Zarbxonasi) "TOSHSHAHARTRANSXIZMAT" UYUSHMASI • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB TOSHKENT ZARBXONASI •
Side 2 city transport company logo TOSHKENT SHAHAR YO'LOVCHI TASHISH YER USTI TRANSPORTI JETONI passenger transport token of the Toshkent urban area
Manufacture Aluminium
Size (mm) 24
Weight (grams)
Notes Tokens were used from March 1, 2013. At that time, they were sold for 700 sums. The tokens are no longer mentioned on the web site of the city bus company.
Source
Samarqand
SAB01.jpg
Filename SAB01
Side 1 Bus, TZ logo (Toshkent Zarbxonasi) SAMARQAND SHAHAR YO'LOVCHI TRANSPORTI (Samarkand city passenger transport) • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Side 2 Winged lion from the Samarqand city arms, SAMARQAND SHAHAR YO'LOVCHI TRANSPORTI • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Manufacture Aluminium
Size (mm) 24
Weight (grams)
Notes Tokens were used from May 1, 2016. At that time, a token cost 900 sums
Source
Nukus
NKB01.jpg
Filename NKB01
Side 1 Mini-bus, NO'KIS QALALIQ JOLAWSHI TRANSPORTI (Nukus region passenger transport) • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Side 2 The State Museum of Arts named after I.V. Savitsky. NO'KIS QALALIQ JOLAWSHI TRANSPORTI • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Manufacture Aluminium
Size (mm) 24,3
Weight (grams)
Notes Used since March 2017.
Source
NKB02.jpg
Filename NKB02
Side 1 Bus, NO'KIS QALALIQ JOLAWSHI TRANSPORTI (Nukus region passenger transport) • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Side 2 The State Museum of Arts named after I.V. Savitsky. NO'KIS QALALIQ JOLAWSHI TRANSPORTI • DAVLAT BELGISI DICHB •
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 24,3
Weight (grams)
Notes Used since March 2017.
Source