In just a few months, the 33% rate will expire. discount on the purchase of train tickets for honorary blood donors. Previously, the condition for granting it was to have a valid certificate. However, documents entitling you to benefit from travel discounts have ceased to be issued, and those that have already been granted will soon expire.
At the beginning of 2021, as part of the so-called Under the Covid Act, the government introduced an additional day off for blood donors after blood collection and a 33% discount relief for rail journeys. According to the regulations, the discount will completely cease to apply in a few months.
Liquidation of relief for travelers traveling by PKP trains. Who will lose the discount?
The relief introduced for voluntary donors was intended to be an incentive to donate blood over time pandemic . During that period, the number of people staying in hospitals as a result of infection increased coronavirus , and at the same time, the number of people willing to come to blood donation stations has decreased. To receive a certificate entitling you to the discount, you had to donate blood at least three times.
Due to the abolition of the state of epidemic threat on July 1, 2023 by the Ministry of Health, the above-mentioned certificates have ceased to be issued. Therefore, only documents issued no later than June 30, 2023 remain valid. Moreover, such a certificate is valid only for a period of 6 months. This means that honorary blood donors will be able to benefit from their 33%. discounts only until December 31, 2023.
PKP lost millions on a discount for blood donors
PKP summarized how much they lost due to the introduction of relief for voluntary blood donors. “The value of lost revenues from honoring the above-mentioned relief for blood donors in 2022 amounted to PLN 2,786,000 gross. It should be emphasized that the above estimated data concern only one carrier” – informed the Deputy Minister of Health, Waldemar Kraska, in June this year answer to the website’s question money.pl . Moreover, it should be noted that it is a loss PKP had an increasing tendency. According to the collected data, in the period from January to April 2022, the lost revenue amounted to PLN 635,000. PLN, while in the same period of 2023 it was already PLN 1 million 83 thousand. zloty.