Business asks not to introduce new taxi requirements
The protracted adoption of the new taxi law may again be delayed. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Delovaya Rossiya and Opora Rossii wrote a letter to State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, where they suggested adopting another bill.
The story with the bill begun in 2015. The bill has been submitted to the State Duma in 2018, but hasn’t moved further than the first reading. It involves equipping cars with tachographs, taximeters and cash registers; the driver should have at least three years' experience and the aggregators should check taxi permits on the basis of special registries. This will lead to new costs for carriers. Also, the bill contradicts the "introduction of digital technologies" in the taxi industry, doesn’t take into account the specifics of the order services, the letter says.
The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs proposed to adopt a bill, which was submitted to the State Duma in 2019, but returned to the initiators, as the first draft was already in parliament. The second one proposes to extend the aggregators responsibility for the harm to the life or health of the passenger, and does not introduce new requirements for taxi drivers.
The Ministry of Transport supports the bill, which is now in the State Duma, told the press service to the correspondents of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Its adoption will help to reduce the number of accidents involving taxis, as the order services will be required to check the working and rest schedules of drivers and disconnect them in case of exceeding the established working hours.
The situation has already moved forward, said Kirill Yankov, the Head of the Union of Passengers Nonprofit Organization. The aggregators are already disconnecting the drivers who have violated the rules, but it would also be great to mention in the law the agency, where you can file a complaint in case if the aggregator fails to act.