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Competition Council says taxi problems at Riga airport formed from airport’s inaction

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProblems with taxi carriers at Riga International Airport surfaced as a result of the airport’s inaction, said Competition Council head Skaidrīte Ābrama in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme.

«I think what happened as a result of inaction from the airport,» she said.

She says in accordance with the ruling from the Supreme Court, the airport is obligated to provide access to its territory on equal terms. However, the airport allowed the situation to deteriorate by not providing clients sufficient information about taxi services.

«Competition cannot be allowed to become the beginning and reason for fraud. This is about fraud cases. Fraud appears only when consumers are not provided with sufficient information. Have you seen anywhere information about cancelled ceiling on taxi tariffs and that taxis can request payment for distance covered and for entering the vehicle? Many consumers that enter taxis rarely look at what is written on the door. Maybe it is written on the door than the fee for entering the car is EUR 10,» says Ābrama.

She notes that information about taxi activities should be detailed in the airport’s information centre.

CC manager also says Latvia needs to review the general regulations that govern taxi activities in order to prevent situations when passengers are charged far too much.

As previously reported, Latvia’s Transport Ministry has commenced work on regulations to help resolve the problematic situation at Riga International Airport.

Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has sent a letter to several state institutions, asking them to resolve the taxi situation at the airport. The letter was sent to Transport Ministry, Economy Ministry, Riga International Airport’s management board, Consumer Rights Protection Centre and the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia.

Riga International Airport representative Laura Karnīte had previously mentioned that the airport’s ability to react is limited by the ruling of the Administrative Court, which states that the airport is not allowed to interfere in taxi service provision and organization on its territory. Because of that, problems with taxi services at the airport will be resolved once the situation has improved in the taxi industry as a whole.

In accordance with the court’s ruling, every licensed taxi service provider has the right to provide their services on the airport’s territory and request payment in accordance with tariffs approved in Riga region.


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    And people wonder why Taxify is doing so well…..

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