New rules should make it easier to drive a taxi

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The government will change the rules for taxis from July 1, 2020. They do this to make it easier to establish oneself in the industry.

A new ruling giving changes to the regulations for taxis is ready. The government is removing, among other things, the requirement for a top light and abolishes the requirement that the taxi profession to be the main occupation.

So far, the taximeter requirement exists, but the licensing authority can grant an exemption from that requirement. In the past, the government has advocated that apps can replace the physical meters to make it easier for people to establish themselves in the industry. Such a solution is not yet ready.

Transport Minister Jon Georg Dale (Frp) believes it is high time to liberalise the industry.

– These changes remove the entry barriers and make taxi driving easier. In this way, we get more offers and greater choice for customers. We need to improve the taxi industry before customers stop taking taxis, ”says Dale.

The new regulations are scheduled to be completed on 1 July 2020.

The Norwegian Taxi Federation had previously requested a postponement to January 1, 2021. They fear that removing the requirement for a roof light and minimal signage on the cars will lead to weakened control and increased danger of undeclared turnover.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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