Panama: New Rules for Taxi System

The hiring of taxis will be regulated by the government through a concession system.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, director of the Transit Authority and Transport of Panama (ATTT) said they expect the first contracts to be signed before the end of 2011.

About 30 000 taxis are currently circulating in Panama City.

According to an article in "With the concession system ... which will be implemented throughout the country, all those leasing taxis and companies who want to continue in the selective and collective transport business group will have to sign a contract with the ATTT, which will establish a relationship of responsibility between the company and the driver.”

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