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January 17, 2022

Mayor Gabriela Firea: Only authorised taxi drivers in Bucharest

General Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea will uphold in the General Council’s next meeting a draft resolution that will establish “clear” norms and rules for all the taxi drivers in the Capital, the new regulation forbidding all forms of taxi service activities which do not comply with the provisions of the legislation in the field, informs a press release of the Bucharest City Hall (PMB) issued  on Monday.

“The new regulation bans all forms of taxi service activities which do not comply with the provisions of Law no. 38/2003 regarding public transport service under taxi and rental regime nor with those of HCGMB 78/2008 and the Tax Code. All those operating in the taxi business in the Capital will be bound to comply with this regulation. I announce all those who work in the taxi business that we will make sure, through the relevant departments, that this regulation is fully observed,” Mayor Firea stated after a meeting with the Confederation of Licensed Romanian Operators and Hauliers (COTAR).

According to the quoted source, COTAR representatives introduced to the General Mayor a series of demands of the licensed taxi associations that denounce, among other things, “the disloyal competition of online applications systems that provide illegal taxi services.”

The General Mayor guaranteed that all legal measures will be taken so that the specialized legislation in place be observed by all those who operate in the taxi business in the Capital, the PMB release shows.

According to the new regulation, it will be mandatory for taxi operators to adopt a dress code, to use appropriate language, to have clean cars and to guarantee the safety of citizens.

Gabriela Firea further proposed that PMB, through the Municipal Information Technology Corporation and the Municipal Traffic Management Corporation, set up partnerships with renowned taxi companies for the implementation of online booking, ride and fare services, thus facilitating the Bucharesters’ access to taxi services, reads the release.

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