YEREVAN, August 28. /ARKA/. Armenian taxi drivers will get an opportunity to take interest-free loans for buying taximeters, Gevork Dosturyan, head of the Civil Position nongovernmental organization, said on Wednesday.
He told journalists that his organization has already made an arrangement with manufacturers of taximeters, and cab drivers will be able to take interest-free loans secured only by the organization’s warrant.
Dosturyan said that under a new package of legislative changes, fare registers are obligatory for taxis.
He said one fare register costs 50,000 drams.
On March 28, the Armenian government approved the package of legal acts and draft projects to simplify taxi licensing procedures. If passed by the parliament in September, these changes will save 1.5 billion drams every year to the private sector without doing serious harm to the government.
Under these amendments, those living outside of Yerevan will now enjoy new procedures for obtaining licenses under one-window principle in local administrations. Taxi drivers will no longer need to come to Yerevan for taking their licenses.
In addition, state duties and fixed payments charged from taxis will be now included into a single monthly license fee - 12,000 drams for Yerevan and 4,000 for remote regions. The single quarterly fee will stand at 34,000, and per annum at 120,000 drams.
Taxi drivers will no longer submit reports thus saving at least 3,000 drams per month. Previously, they paid this amount to some middlemen.
The state duties for one car will stand at 25,000 drams. It will apply also to taxis. There will be new requirements for drivers, which are particularly related to dress code and communication with passengers.
At the request of the police, yellow plates have been abolished, and it will help to save 17,000 drams. Instead, some self-adhesive tickets will be distributed to drivers.
Some other requirements to taxis were removed. Among those are the ones related to parking lot, daily medical examination and technical test. It will help drivers to save another 10-15 thousand drams a month.
According to the Armenian Consumers’ Association, there are 15,000 taxis in Armenia, the bulk of which work in Yerevan. Of them, 30% have no licenses.
There are some 9,000 licensed taxis in Armenia now. Of them, 7,000 belong to 500 taxi services. ($1 – AMD 405.94). ---0----