Aqaba taxi operators protest ASEZA’s smart app decision

Aqaba Taxi
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AMMAN — On Tuesday, taxi owners and operators in Aqaba staged a work strike in front of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) building. Their protest was against the decision made by the authority to allow smart application-based transportation companies to operate within the province.اضافة اعلان

They conveyed that they had put forth solutions and proposals to the authority. Their proposal suggested the activation of a dedicated taxi application tailored to serve Aqaba. Despite the fact that the number of taxis in the province does not exceed 500 vehicles, they argued that this quantity is sufficient to cover the entire area, Ammon News reported. They firmly expressed their rejection of the authority's insistence on introducing smart applications.

Aligns with evolving trends in the transportation sector
According to Deputy Chief Commissioner at ASEZA Hamza Haj Hassan, the authority's decision to activate licensed smart transportation applications in the city aligns with the evolving trends in the transportation sector. He emphasized that Aqaba is experiencing a distinctive tourism surge, both from local and foreign visitors.

He believes that the presence of vehicles operating through smart transportation applications does not negatively impact traditional taxis. He stressed that the ultimate choice lies with the customer. He further affirmed that public taxis will be allowed to operate through smart applications, and they will be given priority, alongside the private sector.

Applications-based transportation operations will enforce the law
Additionally, he pointed out that having regulations in place regarding application-based transportation operations will aid in enforcing the law against unauthorized applications. The authority has initiated contact with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Digital Economy regarding unauthorized transportation applications.

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