After being implemented
in Tbilisi, a taxi reform might be launched in other cities of Georgia - despite the lack
of public transport is urgent both in the capital and the regions, it seems that the
local municipality intends to restore order on the roads in this way.
A paid parking system is
planned to be introduced in large cities, apart from that, taxi licensing and the development of public
transport will begin in the regional cities.
In regional cities public
transport , mini buses and buses operate
until 6 pm, after which movement is possible only by private transport and
The situation is even worse in
rural areas, where public transport runs only in the morning.
At this stage taxi reform
will be carried out only in Kutaisi and Batumi.
According to Director of the NGO
Eco Transport Center Vaso Urushadze, what is being carried out in Tbilisi, can’t be called a taxi reform. It’s
thoughtless package of regulations that will have effect only if they are carried
out throughout Georgia.
Urushadze believes that
neither the capital, nor the regional cities are ready for a full-scale taxi
“In Kutaisi municipal transport
has not been functioning for 12 years, and the city is served by 10 private
companies won the tender but the condition of their cars is very poor. The city
mayor’s office announced the creation of a local municipal transport system in
a year. But the process has not yet begun, while the creation of a public transport system is a
rather long and complicated process that should be started today, ”Vaso
According to the head of the
Association of Transport and Roads David Meskhishvili, the taxi
reform carried out in Tbilisi is not designed for large-scale results, as it
was carried out without preliminary study of the topic.
“The process is irresponsible, and the Tbilisi model can’t be used in other cities as it will lead to the taxi business consolidation and will force the self-employed to leave the market, ”he stresses.