Now, more changes are proposed in response to complaints from the carriage drivers. Instead of the 12-5 ban, the drivers and carriage owners will have to sign a more restrictive contract with the city.
Carriage owners who operate within the city already have contracts which specify, amongst other things, that horses and carriages are subject to inspections and must pass certain requirements. But on Tuesday, carriage owners met with Krakow’s vice mayor, Wiesław Starowicz, to dispute the ban and negotiate a different agreement, in which they succeeded.
The new terms of the contract include such conditions as the prohibition of the use of stallions or horses that are younger than five years old, a requirement that two people are always present in each carriage, and that horses will undergo regular veterinary examinations and will not be allowed on the square between noon and 3 pm if temperatures exceed 25 degrees Celcius. Drivers will also undergo special training.
City authorities hope that these new restrictions will prevent more accidents involving horse carriages, like the two that took place this month that injured a total of six people.