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Attiki Odos fined 2 million euros for shutdown during snowstorm

The Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said on Wednesday that it is imposing a fine of 2 million euros to the managing companies of the ring highway Attiki Odos for the shutdown during the snowstorm last month. IT is the highest fine permitted by the law.

Minister Kostas Karamanlis has decided to impose the highest fine permitted under by the law on the companies Attiki Odos SA and Attikes Diadromes (which operates and maintains the highway) for their share of responsibility for the problems that stalled traffic and trapped motorists during the heavy snowstorm on January 24, 2022.

Each company is fined with one million euros.

The minister’s decision was based on a report by an investigating committee set up by the ministry, state-run news agency amna reported.

“After all the unacceptable things that occurred on Attiki Odos, the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged to attribute responsibilities. In order for this to happen, the ministry had in 2020 established the legal framework for attributing responsibility to concessionnaires when motorways close. Today, for the first time, we are able to impose fines totaling 2 million euros,” Karamanlis stated.

Thousands of motorists and passengers were trapped on Attiki Odos for almost 24 hours and the highway around Greek capital Athens opened again to traffic after 69 hours.

The CEO of Attiki Odos resigned.

The managing company offered a compensation of 2,000 euros per vehicle, however, many of the thousands passengers and motorists responded with mass lawsuits demanding much higher compensations.

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