News
Many Icelandic MPs Do Not Abide Their Own Travel Regulations

Many Icelandic MPs Do Not Abide Their Own Travel Regulations

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Published February 13, 2018

Numerous members of parliament play fast and loose with their own rules on recouping travel costs, at taxpayer expense.

As reported, Independence Party MP Ásmundur Friðriksson has recently been singled out for public attention and criticism due to having spent the most money on travel expenses within Iceland. These costs are reimbursed by Parliament, in his case to the tune of 4.6 million ISK.

However, as Vísir points out, Ásmundur is not alone. Numerous members of parliament are guilty of ignoring one of their own key regulations about domestic travel – namely, that those driving more than 15,000km per year use a rental car rather than their personal vehicle, as this actually ends up costing taxpayers less.

“We calculated that after the point of 15,000 kilometres, it is actually more economical for Parliament that MPs rent a car rather than get reimbursed for driving their own car,” Karl M. Kristjánsson, the assistant office manager for Parlimanent, told reporters. “Some have followed this rule, others haven’t. We presume it takes some time to adapt.”

It is estimated that those MPs who do not abide this rule have cost taxpayers over 150 million ISK over the past four years. In addition, these reimbursement payments are not taxed.

Parliamentary President Steingrímur J. Sigfússon says that the travel reimbursement system will be re-examined. One idea of many being considered is to possibly place a limit on the maximum amount that MPs can get paid back for their domestic travel.


News
Night Bus Service In Reykjavik May End After New Year

Night Bus Service In Reykjavik May End After New Year

by

The board of Strætó is considering whether late night bus service on weekends will continue after the new year, RÚV

News
Oh Yeah! 100 Years Ago Today, Iceland’s Katla Erupted

Oh Yeah! 100 Years Ago Today, Iceland’s Katla Erupted

by

It’s time to celebrate. To be fair, it’s always time to celebrate. But today it’s time to celebrate the 100th

News
Icelandic Police Forced To Pay Damages To Protesters They Spied On And Libelled Against

Icelandic Police Forced To Pay Damages To Protesters They Spied On And Libelled Against

by

Yesterday, in Reykjavík District Court, the Icelandic government admitted fault and paid damages to two protesters targeted by an infamous

News
Lawyer For Former Sigur Rós Drummer Issues Demand To Cease Coverage Of Sexual Assault Allegations

Lawyer For Former Sigur Rós Drummer Issues Demand To Cease Coverage Of Sexual Assault Allegations

by

A lawyer for Orri Páll Dýrason, the former drummer for Sigur Rós who quit the band in the wake of

News
Icelandic Hotel’s Latest Employee: A Cat

Icelandic Hotel’s Latest Employee: A Cat

by

Young Pál, like many from abroad, is here to try her luck in Iceland. However, the work of this employee

News
Icelandic Króna Weakening Again

Icelandic Króna Weakening Again

by

The exchange rate of the Icelandic króna (ISK) against larger currencies is weakening, casting a shadow on upcoming collective bargaining

Show Me More!