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Ride-share drivers call for sit-in

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AMMAN — Drivers of ridesharing apps announced plans for a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Transport next week, Jo24 reported.

The drivers have been protesting for several weeks what they see as a lack of government support for their demands, which include extending the operating life of their vehicles from seven to 10 years.اضافة اعلان

Other demands include renewing the drivers’ work permits without having to refer them to their respective companies, and reducing the portion of their fares drivers pay to the company to 15 percent, to help them cope with a rise in fuel prices. They also want the government to stop deducting a 4 percent tax levied on each trip.

The drivers threatened escalatory measures, claiming that the Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) refused to respond to their demands.

Lawrence Al-Rifai, spokesperson for the ride-share drivers, said that LTRC Director-General Tariq Habashneh announced that ridesharing applications would not be included in the government’s support, given to other public transport drivers.

Rifai accused the LTRC of abandoning its responsibility towards the ride-share drivers, leaving them without protection.

He pointed out that the drivers are left with no choice except to stage an open sit-in in front of the Ministry of Transport to convey their demands to the government, specifically Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh.

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