Announcements over the loudspeakers in Arabic on buses in Be'er Sheva will be reinstated by June, the Transportation Ministry told the High Court of Justice on Tuesday.
In November the ministry instructed the operator of public buses in the city, Dan Be'er Sheva, to cease the Arabic announcements about stops.
Dan Be'er Sheva began running buses in the city about six months ago and began making announcements in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Three days after it began operations, the Transportation Ministry ordered the company to stop the Arabic announcements, saying Mayor Ruvik Danilovich had requested it after he received complaints from local Jewish residents.
In December, five Negev Bedouin filed a petition with the High Court asking to reinstate the announcements in Arabic on the buses.
The Transportation Ministry told the court the Arabic announcements began by mistake and ahead of schedule.
After the new audio technology is received, it will be installed on the buses in Be'er Sheva for a week-long test, and if no major problems are found, the bilingual announcements will go backl into operation by June 7, the Transportation Ministry told the High Court.
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