Saeima hails taxi service rule changes at Rīga Airport

On Thursday, March 10, in the second and final reading, the Saeima supported urgent amendments to the Road Transport Law which, among other things, try to improve regulation of commercial taxi services in the territory of Rīga International Airport. 

Krišjānis Feldmanis (Conservatives), Chairman of the Economic, Agrarian, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee responsible for the progress of the draft law in the Saeima, previously pointed out that the amendments will ensure compliance of national regulations with EU directives by introducing a mobility package and will help prevent illegal taxi services at Riga International Airport. 

The amendments prohibit the driver from offering a transport service from the airport or through other persons if the vehicle is not issued with an official license with a special mark. The amendments also provide for the cancellation of a license card for the commercial carriage of passengers if the carrier is not the owner or keeper of the vehicle. 

The amendments also clarify the registration rules for bus terminals and the licensing procedure for passenger transport by bus and coach. 

The amendments will take effect on March 15 this year.

As previously reported by LSM, it's far from the first time lawmakers have tried to tackle problems caused by the presence of unlicensed and unregulated minicabs at Rīga Airport, which include unsafe vehicles and overcharging of arrivals. 

Rīga Airport has set up a website with information about taxi and public transport availability at the airport. 

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