New rules for taxis at Rīga Airport effective Sunday

New regulations for taxis at Rīga Airport become effective September 15. It is expected that for the first days the No. 322 minibus will run extra routes to provide passengers with a way to get to the city, reported the Transport Ministry.

The new norms aim to improve service and prevent taxi fraud as tourists are known to have been charged €30 and more for the breezy 10 km ride to city center from the Rīga Airport.

Service cars will have to operate under a special licence, so far issued to two companies with a joint fleet of about 40 vehicles. The cars servicing the airport will have to be no older than five years and ensure access to children and disabled people.

With the new norms, clients are allowed not to pay in case of the app or fare counter not functioning, as well as if a check is not handed.

Last year's data suggest about that the Rīga International Airport serves 20,000 passengers a day. 

It is expected that fixed-fee rides will be introduced soon, but there's still no company to sell vouchers for these rides as of yet. The Rīga Airport has also set up a website with information about taxi and public transport availability at the airport. 

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