Residents of Baku to Enjoy Free Insurance when Ordering Taxi
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 June / corr. Trend U.Ismayilova / Grand Taksi, the Baku private dispatcher service, for the first time offers its corporative clients free accident insurance, Shahin Garayev, director of the company, said on 23 June.
Grand Taksi's charges for traveling in Baku by automobiles such as Mercedes-Benz C-class, Nissan-Sunny and Opel-Vectra during the day amounts to AZN 50, minimal traveling (up to 5km) costs AZN 3, traveling AZN 0.6 per km, parking on the way AZN 0.5 per min, per hour traveling (less than 15km per h) AZN 10 per h, traveling to the Baku International Airport - AZN 20, traveling to airport and back - AZN 30, welcoming at the airport - AZN 25.
"Client, who orders a taxi, will pay only for traveling depending on distance, and the company will pay the insurance fees and cover of the accident policy," Garayev said.
Grand Taksi, Baku dispatcher service, offers free insurance since April. The company inked a contract with MBASK, one of the Azerbaijani huge insurance companies, which in its turn basically specializes in corporative clients.
So far, no accident has happened during traveling by automobiles of Grand Taksi.
Garayev said that after full introduction of insurance for corporative clients, the company would work with people in several months.
Earlier, the Azerbaijani Transport Ministry stated it renders support to private transport business in purchase of modern taxi cars. In this connection, within a year 1,000 automobiles of Mersedes E-class will be brought to Baku for further use as taxi. These cars will work through transmitter call system and will insure the passengers.
The introduction of new kinds of transport means is expected to enable to improve the service to population, to remove motor transports unfit as taxi, being not only uncomfortable, but also unsafe and portraying definite environment pollution.
"Further use of such an experience may necessitate the adoption of a law on accident insurance of taxi passengers," the Ministry said.
At present, the Obligatory Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance (OMVLI) and obligatory passenger insurance, which applies to interurban and international trips, are in effect in Azerbaijan.
"Obligatory passenger insurance is not in effect within a city, therefore, gradual introduction of such kind of insurance will enable to improve the quality and develop the Azerbaijani insurance market," Namig Khalilov, the head of the Finance Ministry Department on the State Insurance Control, said.
Grand Taksi, was established at the beginning of 2005 to implement passenger transportation through cash and cashless payment.
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