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City council: Taxify tariff increase on New Year’s night was illegal

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn response to information regarding mobile app Taxify increasing tariffs on New Year’s night far above established restrictions on maximum tariffs, Riga City Council’s Transport Department has declared it an illegal act.

Taxify had previously warned that tariffs would be increased on New Year’s evening. However, it was noted that tariffs would comply with restrictions established by Riga City Council for taxi services.

Transport Department reminds that commercial passenger transport services within Riga city’s administrative territory must comply with tariffs coordinated with regulations on tariffs. In accordance with rules, the maximum tariff for passenger transport using light taxi in Riga is: taxi hiring tariff – EUR 2.13 (with VAT); distance tariff – EUR 0.71 per 1 km (with VAT); time tariff – EUR 0.14 per minute (with VAT).

Tariffs higher than what is stated in requirements are not allowed.

«When facing a situation when passengers are charged double the amount they have to pay for a trip or if passengers suspect their fee is artificially inflated, they have the right to call the police, ask for a receipt and submit it to the city council’s Control Service for an inspection and possible launch of an administrative case,» the department explains.

The city council’s Transport Department reminds that Taxify is only a platform or call centre in a form of a mobile app that connects service providers with clients. The carrier is the service provider, and they are obligated to comply with established tariffs.

If Taxify requests taxi drivers using the system to raise tariffs that exceed the ones listed in their licences, it means those drivers are forced to act illegally. Such a violation carries a penalty of up to EUR 700 euros and even revoking of their licence, the department emphasizes.

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