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Latvia’s Taxi Drivers Register has around 6 000 drivers; 114 have been excluded from it

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Since June 2018, when the Taxi Drivers Register was adopted, nearly 6 000 drivers have registered with it, whereas more than 100 drivers have been excluded from it, as reported by the Road Transport Directorate (ATD).

The number of license cards, which are provided to businesses per light-weight car, on the other hand, is approximately 30 times below the number of registered drivers.

‘This points to the need to strengthen control over passenger-carrying services using light-weight vehicles. One major step towards sorting this sector will be made 1 September, when all websites/mobile apps used to order taxi services will have to be registered in a single registry,’ comments ATD.

The directorate also notes that the Taxi Drivers Register has around 5 779 drivers, who provide commercial passenger-carrying services.

1 097 drivers were registered in the first half-year of 2019. On the other hand, 114 drivers were excluded from it for exceeding penalty points or for insufficient command of Latvian language.

264 licences are currently in use. These licences were issued to businesses that provide commercial passenger-carrying service using light-weight vehicles but are not taxi service providers. However the index that best describes the industry’s development is license cards issued per vehicle. Currently, there are 191 license cards in force.

‘Considering that the number of people registered with Taxi Drivers Register is rather large and the number of licence cards is significantly below that, there are reasons to believe some commercial passenger-carrying services are provided illegally. It is planned, however, to prevent this possibility by adding increased responsibility for service providers using websites and mobile apps. From 1 September onward, all service providers that provide services using websites and mobile apps will have to register with ATD. On top of that, it is planned to increased control measures together with Riga City Council’s Control Service,’ stresses ATD chairman Kristiāns Godiņš.

Since June 2018, drivers, including taxi drivers who are not registered with Taxi Drivers Register are not allowed to perform commercial passenger-carrying services. Businesses that perform passenger-carrying service using light-weight vehicles require a license and license card.


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