Spot checks reveal large number of sub-standard taxis operating

Spot checks conducted by the State Revenue Service (VID) and the Riga Municipal Police (RPP) on taxi service providers have turned up a total of 81 violations detected in 48 control visits.

The tests were carried out from February 9 to 11, 2018. The most commonly reported violations are the non-issuance of checks and the non-use of meters during the journey. Similarly, in 14 taxis, non-conforming meters were installed, and some carriers were found to be driving without compulsory insurance or a valid technical certificate for the vehicle.

Sandra Kārkliņa-Ādmīne, the Director of the Department of Taxation Control of VID, said the situation in the taxi sector is critical, as evidenced by the numerous complaints by passengers.

"Working legally in a situation where a large part of businesses ignore the basic law and passenger safety requirements is now a challenge. Taking into account the principle of "advising first", we have long been urging the replacement of old taxi meters, however, many still have not changed them," said Kārkliņa-Ādmine.

The raids revealed another major problem. With the use of mobile service platforms or mobile applications, many drivers may be illegally licensed without their knowledge, including without having registered any employment relationship or economic activity. Such actions are punishable by law.

As a result of the inspections, VID officials confiscated three vehicles.

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