IX International Eurasian Forum Taxi has finished
The largest industry platform for discussing the issues of taxi services has brought together more than 1500 participants from 50 regions of Russia and 10 foreign countries, as well as all the taxi aggregators operating in Russia.
The forum hosted 20 business events that covered not only the industry issues, but also a wide range of relevant topics in the development of urban transport mobility, such as solutions in the field of unmanned transport, development of electric transport and associated infrastructure, integration of transport data, formation of unified transport services in large cities, kiksharing and carsharing.
The business program of the Forum opened with the plenary session titled as "Russian taxi market: social guarantees and safety as a priority of building a new type of digital ecosystems".
"For a decade, the MEFT has been an integration industry platform for the EAEU member states. The solutions adopted at the Forum in the sphere of public administration and organization of business processes are being successfully implemented in the legislation of the Eurasian countries," said Dina Goryacheva, Director of the MEFT AUTONOMOUS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.
"Taxi is an important part of Moscow's transport system. More than a million residents of the capital use this service. In 2020, with the financial support of the Moscow Government, taxi companies and private taxi drivers bought 10.5 thousand new cars. Thus, our city has the youngest taxi fleet in Europe - the average age of the cars is less than three years," - said the mayor of the capital, Sergey Sobyanin in his welcoming speech.
Analytical data on the status of the taxi industry in Moscow was presented by Dmitry Pronin, deputy head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow. According to him, in 2021 the industry has fully recovered from the pandemic, and the passenger flow per day exceeds the level of 2020.
The market wasn’t shocked by the introduction of the KIS ART driver’s controlling system. Moreover, 70% of Moscow taxi drivers have already connected with it. This was announced by Alexander Yevsin, deputy head of the Moscow city government's State Committee for Road Traffic Control.
"A norm, according to which self-employed persons can act as a carriers should be provided in the darft federal law. At the same time it is necessary to amend the Federal Law defining the Charter of road transport and urban electric transport", - said the director of the Department of State policy in the field of road transport of the Ministry of Transport of Russia Alexey Bakirei.
The main problem of the taxi industry in the Moscow region still remains violation of the safety requirements for passenger transportation. This opinion was shared by the first deputy minister of transport and road infrastructure of the region Anna Krotova. She has noted that the Moscow region was one of the first in the country that has introduced QR codes, using which passengers can promptly get information about the driver, the state of the car and the received permissions.
The balance of interests of participants of taxi-driving activity is one of the most important moments, which should be solved during the discussion of legislative activity in the taxi sphere. The co-chairman of the Business Russia, All-Russian public organization, Anton Danilov-Danilyan has pointed it out during his speech at the panel session "Balance of interests in the industry - with joint efforts to stability and growth".
Only 30% of leasing companies are ready to work with the taxi industry. At the same time more than 70% of taxi cars are in leasing. This data was presented by Dmitry Ivanter, vice-president and member of the board of the United Leasing Association. The taxi branch is a low-margin segment for the leasing companies. According to the expert, only 5% of car leasing in money terms falls on cabs.
Taxi drivers are insecure, which is forsing them to leave the taxi industry. This opinion was expressed by Petr Shkumatov, head of the Protection of the rights of motorists working group of the All-Russian People's Front. "The survey has showed that not a single driver out of 200 respondents has worked in the taxi industry for more than 3 years. On average it is one year. Such turnover leads to low professionalism", - shared the results of the study Peter Shkumatov.
Global taxi business now accounts for 52% of pre-pandemic revenues. At the peak of the epidemic their percentage was 13-15% of the pre-pandemic level, and today it is 30-90% depending on the country. This data was presented by the Senior Director of the International Union of Public Transport Kaan Yıldızgöz at the “Taxis in the EAEU: a common market - common rules” plenary session. Stanislav Naumov, member of the Presidium of the EEU Business Council, Professor at the Higher School of Economics, acted as a moderator of the plenary session which was held on the second day of the Forum.
A joint initiative of the TAMA Association and MEFT on taxi insurance was presented at the Forum. Professional associations today become a powerful tool for solving difficult questions of the taxi market. Thus, the association "TAMA" and MEFT have worked out special insurance programs for their members. This was told by Stanislav Shvagerus, head of MEFT Competence Center.
Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo is actively working on expanding the gas filling network in Russia. This was announced by Nikolai Gratsesko, Deputy General Director for Commercial Affairs at Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo at a session dedicated to discussing cost-effective and environmentally friendly fuels.
Taxiaggregator, the first and only official QIWI service, has presented at the forum a solution for instant payments to taxi drivers. It allows the driver to withdraw earned money earned at any time. Today, the service is the largest in Russia, uniting 2,643 taxi fleets and more than 388,000 active drivers.
SignalQ camera was demonstrated by Yandex. It’s a solution for safe travel that allows identifying drivers who ride unsafely. The device helps to prevent accidents, reduce repair and downtime costs, and resolve conflicts in transportation.
For two days a large-scale industry exhibition was held at the Forum. Its visitors could see the latest trends in the automotive industry, innovative products of the IT sector and services.
The initiatives of the participants and the best practices developed during the two-day discussion program will be included in the final public resolution. The document will be addressed to the state authorities of the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Commission.
Taxiaggregator and Gazprom gazomotornoye toplivo supported the Forum as section partners.