UTI’s position regarding the TV report “Trafic blocat in jumatate de capitala” (Blocked traffic in half of capital city) broadcast by B1TV on September 16, 2014

Regarding the way in which the journalists behind the feature report entitled “Trafic blocat in jumatate de capitala” (Blocked traffic in half of capital city) chose to refer to UTI company, we would like to state the following.

  • The contract for the implementation of the traffic management system was successfully completed in February 2009. From that moment, the implemented systems have become the property of the Bucharest City Hall. UTI does not own any equipment integrated in the system.
  • The responsibility for the maintenance and administration of this system lies with BCH. The incidents that occur during the operation of this system and which can be caused by the works carried out in the area by other service providers, pest attacks etc. must be repaired by BCH. Currently, BCH and UTI do not have a system maintenance and administration contract concluded, and this is the reason why the journalists were directed to the Road Administration – because they are the institution accredited to answer their questions.
  • As about the “contracts signed on fast forward” between UTI and the City Hall, they were awarded subsequent to open public tenders that UTI Grup participated in due to its competences. The solutions provided by UTI by means of these contracts contribute decisively to improving the quality of life of Bucharest inhabitants, to transforming the capital into a smart city and to aligning it with other European capitals. Also, the incident today, subsequent to which the traffic management system was inefficient for approximately 2 hours, proves even more the utility of this system which, in normal conditions of operation, ensures a fluid traffic.

Therefore, we believe that the above-mentioned TV station misinformed the audience and published unverified, undocumented information. The journalists who made the feature had the obligation, according to the journalism code of ethics, to express their opinions on a factual basis, after having checked the information for data accuracy.