DEFENCE minister Christoforos Fokaides announced on Thursday a new plan to encourage National Guard conscripts to use public transportation.
Starting February 1, those conscripts using buses to travel to and from their units will be awarded points, and will be entered into a raffle where they can win various prizes, such as tablets, smart phones and computers.
The first lottery will be held before Easter.
Another incentive will see those draftees gathering the most points for using buses this year earning a extra few days’ leave before their discharge.
The defence ministry has introduced a free bus travel programme for conscripts.
According to Fokaides, the number of bus routes has been expanded, and the minimum requirement of eight conscripts requesting a specific route has been abolished.
Now, he said, a new bus route can be created even if it is requested by a single draftee.
Conscripts and officers serving in their own district must report to their units by 7am. For those serving in another district, and returning to their units, they are required to show up at the designated bus stops by 7am the latest.