From September 17th, the beginning of the new school year, restrictions on the circulation of vehicles supplying shops during morning hours will resume.

This measure by the Municipality of Tirana aims to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours when the students of Tirana travel to school. The aim of the restrictions is to ensure children are able to arrive at school on time for their first lessons.

Tirana's Mayor, Erion Veliaj, held a meeting with the directors of both the 9 year schools and the high schools of Tirana to discuss the preparations for the new school year.

He explained that the restriction of supply vehicles applies during the hours of 7.00 to 9.00 in the morning, stressing that the decision has been made to assist parents and students in arriving on time at school.

"We will recreate the traffic regime with hours restricting traffic of trucks and vans when students go to school.

"I have said even before, potato chips and chewing gum cannot be valued more than children. Supply vehicles can make their deliveries before 7:00 or after 9:00, so that there is no traffic chaos," said Erion Veliaj.

The mayor informed the directors that the issues of school overcrowding and teaching over two-shifts will finally be solved with the construction of 17 new schools that will begin this year.

"I believe that next year, not only will thisprocess be completed, but that by the end of September we will have laid the first foundations of the 17 new schools.

"I have the impression that you know where the new schools will be, after we have given a great focus to the peri-urban schools because they bend the old Tirana area.

"With the 17 new schools, next September we will have completed the final piece of the puzzle and, at last, we will not talk about the need to teach across two-shifts anymore," said Erion Veliaj.