Taxi drivers grow restless as fuel subsidy remains unpaid

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AMMAN — Vice President of the Syndicate of Owners of Taxi Offices, Internal and External and Travel Agencies, and Driving Training Centers Mohammad Al-Hadid expressed his dissatisfaction with the Greater Amman Municipality’s (GAM) failure to pay the fuel subsidy to taxi drivers in Amman, according to a local news outlet.اضافة اعلان

Hadid said on Tuesday that taxi owners in Amman are complaining about the fact that they have not received the subsidy allocated by the government for public transport, after more than three months have passed since the first installment of the subsidy — totaling JD300 per taxi driver — was supposed to have been disbursed.

The municipality, he said, is waiting for next year’s budget allocation to disburse the subsidy retroactively for the previous six months.

“Taxi owners do not want raised transportation fees,” Hadid said.

However, the delayed payment of the subsidies is not the only difficulty the sector is facing. He called for investigations into the problem of unlicensed rideshare apps, which impact the demand for taxi rides.

The vice president also asked the Land Transport Regulatory Commission to investigate why GAM has not disbursed the subsidies, in light of the difficult living conditions that many Jordanians — among them taxi drivers — face.  

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