Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej

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Two Autosan H9-21 buses from PKS Nowa Sól.

Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej (commonly abbreviated PKS, can be translated as Motor Transport Company) is a major Polish enterprise dealing with inter-city public transport using coaches.

History[edit]

It was created as a state enterprise in 1945 in post-war communist Poland as Państwowa Komunikacja Samochodowa (State Motor Transport). In 1992 it was renamed to its current name. Until recently it had a monopoly on suburban bus transport in Poland. Recently it has been broken up, with many new companies being privatized.

Incidents[edit]

PKS buses were involved in two major crashes in Poland. The first in 1978 - 30 people died, when two buses plunged 18m into Żywieckie lake from a bridge. In the other in 1994 - an overcrowded bus collided with a tree and 32 people died in the worst road disaster in the country's history.