The Taxi Drivers Chamber said on Wednesday that it would stage daily protest drives in Belgrade starting on Monday, September 30th.
The aim of the protests is to express the taxi drivers’ dissatisfaction with the government’s failure to implement the law on passenger transport, a press release said. It added that taxi dispatch centres would stop working at noon with protest drives being staged from 01:00 to 03:00 pm in several locations in the city.
Taxi drivers said they were forced to protest because “the prime minister and her cabinet ministers are lobbying in favour of taxi companies which are violating the law and not paying taxes.”
Belgrade taxi drivers have been expressing their dissatisfaction because of the presence of foreign-owned taxi businesses for several months now.
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During the protest, almost 3,000 taxi vehicles will form a line heading for the city centre from these positions, passing through the following streets:
- Hala Pionir: passing through the Čarli Čaplin, Jaša Prodanović, Takovska, Trg Nikole Pašića to Vlajković streets;
- Hotel “Podgorica”: passing through Bulevar Peka Dapćevića, Autokomanda, Bulevar Oslobođenja, Trg Slavija, Nemanjina to Balkanska street;
- Blok 70, Omladinskih Brigada taxi stop: passing through Omladinskih Brigada, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina, Brankov Most, Prizrenska, Terazije, Trg Nikole Pašića, Ulica Kneza Miloša to Nemanjina street;
- Obrenovački Put, on the corner with Svetolik Lazarević Laze Street: Obrenovački Put, Radnička, Bulevar Vojvode Mišića, Mostarska Petlja, Ulica Kneza Miloša to Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra.
About 3,000 vehicles are expected to join the protest including those from the following taxi companies – Beo Taksi, Žuti Taksi, Čukarički Taksi, Alfa-bel, Beonaxis, Beogradski taksi vozači, Beogradski poslovni taksi, Pink taksi, Lux, Gold and individual taxi drivers.
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