Amman taxi, rideshare drivers join strike in protest of fuel prices

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AMMAN — Around 200 rideshare app and yellow cab drivers ­staged a sit-in at Abdoun Corridor in Amman on Wednesday to protest fuel prices, joining truck drivers who have been on strike since Sunday, local media outlets reported.

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The drivers demanded support in the form of preferential prices for oil derivatives for public transport vehicles so that they would not be affected by rising fuel prices.


Buses at Amman’s South Bus Station also joined the strike on Wednesday, reported Khaberni. They also cited the increase in fuel prices as their reason for the strike.


As part of the strike, drivers at the South Station refused to pick up passengers in the southern governorates.


Dozens of public transport bus owners in Maan Governorate announced that they are also striking in solidarity with truck owners.


Truck owners and drivers began the strike in Aqaba and Maan on Sunday, decrying the increase in fuel prices, the deterioration of the shipping sector, and a four-year freeze of minimum wage in the transportation sector.


The Truck Owners Association and the Land Transport Regulatory Commission reached an agreement Tuesday; however, it was dismissed by truck drivers who continued their strike.


The government announced that the new freight and container shipping prices would be implemented as of Wednesday.


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