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Taxis’ service life to be extended from 9 to 12 years

Sep 15. 2020
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By The Nation

The Cabinet on Tuesday gave the green light to extending the service life of taxis from nine years to 12 years, in a move to reduce financial burdens for cabbies during the Covid-19 crisis.

Ministers also approved scrapping a measure for mandatory installation of GPS in taxis, meaning cabbies will be able to use their smartphones to track their vehicles travel data history.

Both measures were among six demands made the professional association of taxi drivers at a rally in front of Government House last Wednesday.

The Association of Public Taxi Motorists also wants the government to scrap a draft bill allowing private vehicles to be used for ride-hailing services, to control the price of taxi fuel, to cap interest on taxi-related loans, and to reduce taxi insurance.

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