If citizens carry out
passengers with violation of the conditions of the permit, or without a license,
they will be fined GEL 200, according to
one of the points of the taxi regulation project submitted for discussion to
Currently, the mayor's
office is working on a number of clarifications in the draft. It is planned to
introduce a whole range of regulations for taxi drivers - they will have to
register, place an electronic display in their cars with their personal data,
install a counter and provide services at a single fixed tariff.
According to various sources, at least 20,000 taxi
cabs are currently operating in Tbilisi.
If we calculate this index per capita, it turns out that 1 in 56 people living in Georgia is a taxi
This is a very high figure caused by a high unemployment level and many citizens have to be engaged in cabbying to survive.
If the driver doesn’t obtain the license, he will lose his job.
The explanatory note to the draft law says:
"Every citizen who has a driver's license can cabby
without any permission, without observing any standards that led to an
uncontrolled increase in the number of taxis in the country's capital. There is
no exact data on the number of taxi drivers or the number of cabs, most vehicles used for the carriage of passengers
is technically faulty.
The cars do not comply with basic standards of hygiene and cleanliness, many taxi drivers do not even know the city streets.
This sphere has been out of regulation for
decades, and based on the current difficult situation, the standards adopted by
the law will operate only in Tbilisi at eth first stage.
After the bill is enacted, the city authorities will develop
a scheme for regulating taxis, taking into account the adaptation period and
various conditions to be offered to
citizens engaged in private cabbying."
About a month ago Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze
announced the need to introduce regulations on taxi cabs.
The initiative caused mixed
reactions in society. Opinions divided - supporters of the introduction of
regulations believe that the taxi market
should be regulated - taxi drivers do
not comply with any standards, drive on old and dirty cars, smoke in cars, do
not know the city streets and do not pay even the most minimal taxes.
say that for a large number of citizens, cabbying is the main means of earning, but their income
is not so high to fulfill all the conditions set by the state.
Many of them will have
to stop working that will lead to further unemployment growth, as well as a lower
competition in the market and a rise in prices for taxi services.