The General Council of the Bucharest Municipality (CGMB) decided on Tuesday to amend the Taxi Law; according to the new regulations, the activity will be mandatorily conducted through a dispatcher. Drivers cannot talk about politics, religion and sex.
“Uber and the other similar platforms must get into legality now. They must have a dispatcher. Uber has left other European cities where such regulations were imposed” stated Vasile Stefanescu, COTAR, for Mediafax.
CGMB’s agenda was supplemented for the Tuesday meeting with the draft on amending the Taxi law. The Bucharest Mayor announced that the taxi activity will be mandatorily conducted through a dispatcher and drivers will not be allowed to talk about politics, religion and sex.
“Taxi drivers are no longer allowed to refuse any ride or to ask for bonuses. They are not allowed to smoke and they must have decent clothes. They are not allowed to speak on the phone or to listen to loud music. They must not engage into talks with the customers on delicate topics which could be contrary to the customer’s principles or beliefs in religion, politics and sex (…) It is mandatory that the taxi activity be done through a dispatcher” the General Bucharest Mayor stated at the beginning of the council meeting.
Gabriela Firea also mentioned that all the taxi drivers must provide the customers the option to pay with the card.
The draft amending the Taxi Law was launched at the beginning of December, as a result of a meeting with the representatives of the Confederation of the Romanian Certified Operators and Transporters (COTAR). They presented to the General Mayor a number of claims of the licensed taxi drivers’ associations, claiming, among others, the unfair competition practiced through the online app systems providing illegal taxi services.