Taxis permitted to carry three passengers instead of one from tomorrow.

Ministry of Interior (MoI) issued instructions to the traffic sectors to allow taxis to carry three passengers instead of one, which will be effective from tomorrow, Al Rai reports.

The decision came following a meeting held this morning between the owners of taxi companies and MOI’s Assistant Undersecretary for Operations Major-General Jamal Al-Sayegh. The owners explained their great suffering and losses due to the one passenger decision, so the limit to the number of passengers that can be driven by taxis was raised to three starting tomorrow.

With regard to the 2013 cars, Al-Sayegh agreed to the extension for one year, pointing out that he did not accept any damage and losses for small-business owners.

Only recently, around 70 citizens, who are owners of taxi companies affected by the decision to limit passengers to one in taxis, carried out a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Interior building in the Subhan area, reports Al Rai.

The owners highlighted that the decision would make it difficult to meet their financial obligations including rents, vehicle installments, employee salaries, and building rentals.

Another reason given for how impossible it was to implement the decision was it made it difficult to transport a family or a woman with her children.

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