Procedures regulating trucking sector to be completed soon — official

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AMMAN — A set of procedures for regulating the Kingdom’s truck transport sector will be finalized within a week, according to the Director-General of the Land Transport Regulatory Authority, Abdulrahim Al-Wreikat.اضافة اعلان

“The issue of trucks has been a hot topic for the last two months," Wreikat told Al-Mamlaka TV on Tuesday. A specialized committee to address this issue, comprising all relevant authorities and headed by the Minister of Transport, was formed with the approval of the Prime Minister, and has held 11 meetings to-date, he said.

Short-term measures measures to regulate the sector include fair distribution of freight volumes and the establishment of an oversight company through the authority.

"Anyone who feels that they have been wronged in their wages and trips will be able refer to this company," he said, predicting that the company will be operational within four months.

Meanwhile, harsher penalties will be imposed for violations against individual carriers working for shipping companies, especially in regard to wages, Wreikat added.

Public transportation supportOn a related note, the director-general stated that, by the end of March, a study will be submitted to the government on continuing support to public transportation operators, either through further subsidies or amended transportation fares.

The previous subsidy, in which the government provided JD5 million in support to transport operators last year, was due to steep fuel prices, he said, stating that he “did not know” how the fuel price situation would play out in the future.

Rideshare appsIn terms of the contribution of rideshare apps to the sector, 28 unlicensed transportation applications are active in Jordan, Wreikat noted.

Meanwhile, there are seven licensed transportation applications, only four of which are currently operational, he added.

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