Mayor Kakha Kaladze says that the third stage of taxi reform will begin in the
near future to improve the quality of services and stabilize the situation on
the market. He does not specify the measures to be taken during this period.
non-governmental sector expresses its suggestions about the third stage . In the words of the head of
the Transport and Roads Association David Meskhishvili, this phase envisages restrictions on the age of cars used as taxis.
to Meskhishvili, this measure will sharply
reduce the number of taxi cabs in the city, put several large companies in a dominant position
and increase trip fares.
one opposes restoring order in this area,
but reform should not be aimed at withdrawing self-employed taxi drivers from the market.
The idea is good but rejuvenation of the taxi fleet should be gradual, it is a
tight regulation that cannot be met by
most self-employed taxi drivers. The
reform will increase unemployment, will further strengthen one or two large
companies in the market and increase travel prices, ”he said.
believes that taxi regulations should be revised as they caused significant price hikes and an additional burden on public transport that
turned out to be unready for such an
increase in passenger traffic.
developed countries taxis compete with public transport, despite difference in
cost. In our situation the public
transport is uncompetitive, ” David Meskhishvili explains.
his opinion, Tbilisi City Hall should refrain from carrying out the reform that
envisages the age-related restrictions on cars until public
transport can cope with the growth in