Tbilisi fixed-route taxi drivers start mass strike

Tbilisi fixed-route taxi drivers start mass strike

Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb.25/ Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

Most Tbilisi residents today were late for work or were not able to go to work due to fixed-route taxi drivers announcing a strike this morning.

As the drivers say, after holding a tender by the Tbilisi City Hall on the provision of the city with fixed-route taxis, the city authorities raised taxes. If drivers now pay around $5-7 per day, after the entry into force of new rules from March 1, they will be forced to transfer $12-15 to the budget.

Drivers say that they cannot in such circumstances maintain their families and there is no other way except strike.

It should be noted that fixed-route taxi is very popular in Tbilisi and their services are used by a third of all passengers of public transport.

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