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Taxis to perform a ‘warning drive’ around Cabinet of Ministers in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 8 September, Latvian Taxi Trade Union will organize a ‘warning drive’ around the Cabinet of Ministers building in Riga at 08:30 a.m. This little protest act is meant to attract the government’s attention to the existing problems in the taxi industry and protest against irresponsible and unreasonable law amendments and regulations.

Genadijs Aksjoovs, board member of Latvian Taxi Trade Union, notes that previously taxi drivers were anxiously expecting the government to sort out the problems in the industry. Having read through initiatives proposed by the ministries, however, it became clear that those proposals will create more chaos for the industry and make the situation even worse.

«Our ‘warning drive’ is not meant to create traffic problems early in the morning. We want the government to hear and notice us. It seems officials do not see it as necessary to listen and take into account the opinions of people working in the taxi industry,» – says Aksjonovs.

Latvian Taxi Trade Union wants a work group to be formed with members from large and small taxi service providers to help represent their interests.

Managers of taxi companies ask the government to create a single light taxi licensing system – the same that is in place for companies that perform passenger transports using buses. Licensing duties would be entrusted to Transport Ministry’s Road Transport Directorate, which already has experience and equipment to perform licensing duties.

«A single licensing system would reduce bureaucracy and administrative burden for taxi service providers. Currently each municipality has the right to establish different, sometimes unjustified requirements for taxi service providers. Taxi drivers are prohibited from taking passengers on their way back. This makes nearly every taxi leaving Riga for Jurmala a criminal. If a taxi driver wishes to work in Riga and other municipalities, including Marupe, Jurmala, Garkalne, Jelgava, Ogre and Tukums, it is necessary to get permits in each separate municipality,» – Aksjonovs explains.

Taxi drivers request that economic calculations based on actual income of taxi drivers are taken into account when calculating patent fees.

Taxi drivers request reducing the level of bureaucracy and administrative burden that is currently present in the industry, cancel the light vehicle tax for taxi service providers and allow taxi drivers to use their vehicles for personal needs.

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