Panama: Taxi Service to be Concessional

The Transit and Land Transport Authority has announced that the taxi system will change from hired to concessional format.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Roberto Moreno, deputy director of the Authority, said the new system will have the same rules as Mi Bus, the metrobus system management company, adding that concessional taxis will remove taxi drivers "I don't go there" policies.

Taxi drivers' unions oppose the measure. Ricardo Miranda, a spokesman for the National Union of Workers of Transportation Taxis, described the decision to give concessions on taxi services as "damaging"

An article in Elsiglo21.com notes: "According to Miranda, selling a taxi (similar to the ‘diablos rojos’ when the Metrobus system started) would be 'suicide'. The independent owners, said Miranda, will not accept this system because the ATTT will have to indemnify licenced owners for 'ridiculous' amounts ‘and then how will ‘palancas’ (drivers for hire) earn a living?’, he asked. "



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Until 28th November the Public Transport Council (CTP In Spanish) will be receiving bids for taxi services at the Juan Santamaria International Airport .

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Panama: New Rules for Taxi System

May 2011

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

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.

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