Taxis to face fiercer competition


Gov’t plans pave the way for private firms to compete for passengers

Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas said that taxi reforms aim to ‘modernize and organize the market along the lines of other major European cities’

The number of taxis on the streets of Athens and other Greek cities is set to decrease over the next few years and private companies will be allowed to compete for passengers, according to plans drawn up by the Transport Ministry.

Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas said that the liberalization of the sector is part of an effort to “modernize and organize the market along the lines of other major European cities.”

“It is also the first time that an open process is being created for people to obtain a taxi permit and to become taxi drivers,” he said while setting out the scheme, which will soon be incorporated in a presidential decree.

However, the reforms will lead to a reduction in the number of taxis as the awarding of permits will be subject to closer scrutiny. According to the Συνέχεια