Jordan's taxi drivers will accept fuel vouchers for their troubles
The Transport Services and Taxi Owners Union on Sunday urged the government to give taxis and service taxis gasoline to compensate for a recent rise in fuel prices, after authorities said they would not raise fares.
"The government rejected our repeated calls to increase the fares for taxis and service taxis… I hope that the drivers of these vehicles will not go on strike in the next few weeks as they have been negatively affected by the decision," Ahmad Abu Haidar, president of the union, told The Jordan Times on Sunday.
"We sent a letter to the transport ministry and the Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) asking them to allocate 20 litres of gasoline for each taxi and service taxi a day if they do not want to increase tariffs," Abu Haidar said.
"We hope that they will listen to our demand because the operational cost for each taxi or service taxi rose by about JD3.2 a day after the price of gasoline was increased," he added.
In early June, the government decided to raise the price of 90-octane gasoline by 12.9 per cent from 620 fils to 700 fils per litre.
Last week, the LTRC said it would not increase taxi and service taxi fares, saying that the commission usually does so only if the cost of fuel rises over 20 per cent.
In the daytime, Amman taxis currently charge 250 fils as a starting rate and 19 fils for each 100 metres, while from 10:00pm to 5:00am, fares start at 300 fils and increase 26 fils for each 100 metres.
Mohammad Shehadeh, a father of four who works as a taxi driver, said the government should increase the fares.
"This is unfair. I pay more for gasoline currently after the price was increased but I still charge the same," the 52-year-old told The Jordan Times Sunday.
"There are traffic jams everywhere in Amman and this means that we do not transport passengers as usual and that means less profits. They should reconsider their decision and increase the fares."
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