Taxi reform result: The number of taxi licenses in Oslo increased by 69% since November last year

TaxiTaxi.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

The taxi reform has led to an increase in the number of taxi licenses by 45% on a national basis and as much as 69% only in Oslo. The Norwegian Taxi Association is concerned.

“Many drivers have lost their livelihood,” association leader Øystein Trevland told the newspaper Klassekampen.

The government introduced the taxi reform in November last year, and since then, 3,587 new taxi licenses have been registered throughout the country. Trevland says that he is not surprised by the numbers.

“In Oslo Taxi alone, between 80 and 100 people have given up now,” taxi owner and board chairman Glenn Tuxen in the Norwegian Taxi Association’s department in Oslo stated. He emphasized that corona was also a part of the problem. 

The taxi reform meant, among other things, that the requirement for licensees to be linked to taxi centers disappeared, and the ceiling on the number of taxi licenses in the cities was removed.

New government

The new government might initiate changes. Both the Labor Party (AP) and the Center Party (SP) were against the reform.

Sverre Myrli, the AP’s transport policy spokesperson, told Klassekampen that they would carry out the following three steps quickly: there will be a requirement for a connection to a center and a taximeter requirement, as well as the possibility for the counties to set restrictions on the number of licenses.

“These are the three most important things that stand out quite obviously,” Myrli said.

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