Raising public transport fares still a suggestion — GAM

Taxis driving in an Amman street. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Syndicate of Owners of Taxi Offices, Internal and External Travel, and Driving Training Centers said that the promised direct financial support to public transport operators has been distributed to all taxi operators in the governorates, but not to those in Amman.اضافة اعلان

The syndicate’s statement came in response to the announcement made by Director-General of the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LTRC) Tariq Al-Habashneh in July that the authority will directly support public transport operators to help alleviate the repercussions of rising fuel prices, which had a direct negative impact on taxi operators.

The vice-president of the syndicate, Mohammad Al-Hadid, said that “the subsidy for public transportation has not been disbursed to public transportation vehicles operating in Amman, which consist of about 11,000 yellow and 4,000 white cabs.”

“LTRC pointed out to the syndicate that the subsidy for Amman’s vehicle operators is the Greater Amman Municipality’s (GAM) responsibility,” he told Jordan News.

“When GAM was asked about the subsidy, we were told that the request will be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office and that there is no budget allocated to support the sector at the present time,” he added.

“I believe GAM is considering raising the public transport fares in order to support the sector and maybe be able to distribute the subsidy,” Hadid said.

GAM spokesman Nasser Rahamneh told Jordan News that the “issue is not settled yet between the municipality and the commission”.

Regarding the idea that GAM contemplates raising public transport fares to support the sector, Rahamneh said that “it is a suggestion still under study. When the decision is official, GAM will announce it immediately”.

Ahmad, a 48-year-old taxi driver with 15 years of experience, told Jordan News that the situation is “getting worse for taxi drivers, especially after the four waves of fuel price hikes we witnessed in Jordan recently”.

“Working as a taxi driver under the current circumstances is not like it used to be, it’s not beneficial anymore,” he said, adding that “a onetime subsidy will not solve the issue; we need to witness real changes in the sector.”

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