House convenes on transport sector strike

Joint committee to explore options

Taxi drivers gather as part of a strike against fuel prices on December 12, 2022. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The House of Representatives permanent office said in a statement Monday that it is following developments in the transport sector and efforts made by the government to find quick solutions, and stressed that “we are all representatives, government and citizens … and will not accept any threat to the country’s security and stability,” local media outlets reported.اضافة اعلان

The statement came following a meeting that brought together Speaker of the Lower House Ahmed Safadi, members of the permanent office, heads of House committees and blocs, and a number of ministers in order to evaluate efforts and steps taken by the government in the transport sector.

The statement stressed the need for action by all concerned to find appropriate solutions, and the need to observe the rule of law, maintain national security, and stop attacks on roads, people, and public and private property.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan said that the government listens to the demands of all sectors, and has responded since day one to the demands of workers in the freight sector, just as it responded on Sunday to the demands of the passenger transport sector.

He added that the government is in contact with all concerned parties in this sector, stressing the importance of communication and cooperation between the legislative and executive powers.

The meeting concluded with the formation of a joint governmental parliamentary committee that includes the heads of the finance, energy and transportation committees in the House of Representatives, and pertinent ministers, to discuss the solutions presented by the heads of committees and parliamentary blocs to deal with the transportation file, and proposals such as postponing loans from banks and lending institutions.

On Sunday the Land Transport Regulatory Commission increased the volume of support provided to owners of buses, public cars, and yellow taxis to about JD6 million over a period of three months.

The commission announced that it had reached an agreement with the General Union of Jordanian Bus Owners and the General Union of Public Car and Taxi Owners to continue and increase the provision of cash support for all types of passenger transport in the Kingdom within its jurisdiction.

However the transport strike persisted into Monday as owners and operators of means of public transport demanded that the government reduce the price of oil derivatives, especially diesel.

Yellow cab drivers in Amman made known their rejection of the decisions announced by the government on Sunday regarding support for the transportation sector, stressing that they will continue to strike alongside drivers of trucks and public transport buses, according to Jo24.

The taxi drivers said their demands are the reduction of fuel prices across the board, not additional subsidies to the sector. The strike paralyzed movement in Maan Governorate, with students unable to reach universities, and employees unable to reach their places of work.

The drivers said that they will continue their strike until fuel price and that they will reject anything short of that demand.

Due to the strike, some gas stations have no oil derivatives. Drivers pointed out that all modes of transportation have been suspended.

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