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Taxi drivers seek court case over new transport regulations

Shahudha Mohamed
04 August 2019, MVT 21:13
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Shahudha Mohamed
04 August 2019, MVT 21:13

Taxi drivers decided to file a case at the Civil Court, seeking an order to overturn the new regulations proposed by Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.

The temporary President of Driver's Association Abdulla Ibrahim, told local media Mihaaru that the decision was reached at a meeting held amongst taxi drivers in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale' on Thursday night.

"Lawyers have already been tasked with filing the case at court. We are estimating the process will be complete tomorrow", he said.

The new regulations proposed by the Transport Ministry state that amounts over MVR 75 cannot be charged for a trip from Male' to Hulhumale', while the maximum fee for a trip from Male' to Velana International Airport is MVR 60.

Additionally, the regulations now prohibit charging extra for rides after midnight. No additional fee can be taken for putting luggage in the boot of the car as well.

Abdulla stated that they were filing the case since they believed the income generated by drivers will suffer a huge loss.

Moreover, drivers have requested to hold meetings with Minister of Transport Aishath Nahula and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed to discuss their concerns.

Drivers are also gearing up to protest against the new regulations on Wednesday, when the rules are scheduled to be implemented.

Regarding the new rules, Minister Nahula stated that the changes were brought in the best interest of the public and drivers.

A total of 1,200 taxis are permitted to operate in Male' region.

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