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March 21, 2023

Taxi drivers’ protest hampers traffic in Bucharest

Over 300 Bucharest taxi drivers staged a protest yesterday, at the Izvor gate of the Parliament Palace, urging legislators to adopt the law of taxi operations and expel from town those who hold transport licenses valid for other localities. The drivers brought their cars along, which they parked on the first lane of the Libertatii Boulevard and on two lanes around the Izvor Park, hampering the traffic in the area.At the end of the protest, organisers announced that the action will no longer take place today, as initially planned, because the Parliament does not meet in plenum. Protesters want the Chamber of Deputies to vote the amendments to Law 38/2003 that regulates the activity of taxi companies. They asked legislators to adopt a blanket law of transport that includes their proposals and warned they will not give up protesting until the law is integrally adopted in the form proposed by them. The Chamber of Deputies adopted yesterday, on article basis, the amendments to the law on taxi operations, ruling that the transport license is issued by the administration of the locality where the transporter is headquartered, and is valid only in the respective locality. The adopted articles stipulate that taxi operations may be conducted only by authorised transporters; the total number of licenses will be decided by local councils and may not exceed a proportion of 4 licenses to 1,000 inhabitants of the locality, as provided by INS data. The final vote to this law was postponed from lack of quorum. The Chamber of Deputies has the final say over this draft law.

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