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Taxi drivers in jeopardy for not using meter

The Transportation Authority announced that three private companies are importing 500 public buses in the next four months which can seat 81 passengers. Alliance has imported 100 of the 200 buses they plan on bringing into Ethiopia while Addis Rai and Niegate Kokobe are in the process of importing 300 buses between the two of them.

The buses will be accessible to the handicapped and elderly and feature automated ticketing. The fares and routes have not been disclosed they should provide employment to around 1,000 people.

Eskindir Yimer, the Transportation Authority’s Ethical Protection Officer told Capital that working with private transportation is one way to alleviate the transportation shortage in Addis Ababa.

“The government can’t provide all the transportation but participating private bus companies are a way we have been doing this recently. In addition to the previously imported buses the new buses will allow us to serve people more people as the city expands.”

Last year 150 Sheger buses, locally assembled by the Ethiopian Metal & Engineering Corporation METEC began operating.

The city is drawing up a transport-plan to  fill the city with mass transport buses and meter taxies while gradually moving out mini -buses and old vehicles which congest the roads.

“As our city continues to grow, it’s becoming even more important for us to ensure that our entire transportation network is dependable and safe,” Eskindir added.

In related news the Transportation Authority announced they will fine meter taxi drivers who are not using the meters to charge passengers.

“We have heard that some meter taxi drivers are charging passengers more than the meter price, negotiating with them like the blue taxies. This violates our regulation, and if they are caught they will be fined and their license revoked,” Eskindir said.

He added that the Authority will not give any license to the blue lada taxi drivers unless they are organizing themselves with an association. Soon all lada taxies will be forced to use the meter system.

According to the Addis Ababa Transport Authority, taxis, city buses and private cars cover the urban mobility, that is, 26 percent by bus, 70 percent by taxis and four percent by private cars.  The Anbessa buses transport 1.2 million people on a daily basis while Alliance Buses Transport accommodates 25,000 commuters. The Higer midi-buses transport 700,000 commuters while the blue and white minibuses carry 1.1 million travelers every day according to data from the AATB in 2014.