Local taxi drivers protest unfair competition, demand action

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AMMAN — Yellow cab drivers threatened to protest in front of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) building next Tuesday in response to the absence of action against unlicensed ride-hailing applications, general offers made by app-based companies, and infractions committed by licensed companies.اضافة اعلان

According to Moath Al-Sareesi, the head of a taxi committee known as the "Capital Knights," the industry is in disarray. Jo24 reported the number of vehicles operating with licensed and unlicensed applications now outnumbers the number of licensed taxis in the Kingdom by tenfold, having a major impact on the local taxi industry and directly affecting the livelihoods of yellow cab drivers.

Sareesi went on to say that some licensed companies are unlawfully operating thousands of vehicles, despite the fact that the system only allows them to have a few hundred. They filed complaints with the MoT and the Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC), but no action was taken.

Furthermore, these companies are charging less than the officially allowed yellow taxi fare, despite legislation requiring that their rates be 20 percent higher than the yellow taxi fare.

Sareesi called on the MoT and the LTRC to enforce the law on both licensed and unlicensed companies, regulate the sector, and put an end to the chaos. He expressed his dismay at allowing companies to violate regulations and instructions, placing the burden on yellow taxi drivers.

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