Decline in the taxi industry, calls for postponement of the taxi reform

TaxiTaxi in Oslo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix

The taxi industry has had a turnover failure of over 80 percent due to the Coronavirus crisis. Several are now calling for postponement of the release of players like Uber from July 1.

Aftenposten reports that the taxi industry, NHO and most counties ask that tax exemptions be postponed due to the Coronavirus. The county authorities are responsible for distributing and managing taxi laws.

The new law, ‘the taxi reform’, is scheduled to come into force on July 1. Then there will no longer be any restrictions on the number of taxis in the cities, but after the entry of the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for transfers is quite different.

In an email, Secretary of State John-Ragnar Aarset (H) in the Ministry of Transport and Communications writes that the government will take the initiative to postpone whether it is appropriate.

At the end of March, the government gave the county municipalities one week to explain the challenges the introduction of the new law will present. Most people want to postpone the introduction of the reform, for example one year.

According to the Norwegian Taxi Federation, the industry has a sales failure of more than 80 percent. Postponing the reform is supported by NHO Transport. Uber is, not surprisingly, opposed to postponing.

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