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Thousands Miss Work As Taxis Block Roads In Protest Over Expiration of Driving Alternate Days Based on License Tag Number


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Thousands miss work as taxis block roads

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Posted 07/05/2021

At least 10 people were arrested by crowd control police on Avenida Balboa on Friday, May 7 during a demonstration by taxi drivers that started at 6 am and lasted until the busy roadway was finally cleared at  11.30.

Meanwhile, thousands of workers across the province were prevented from reaching their destinations as the protestors blocked highways to express their rejection of the Transport Authority  (ATTT) move to end the practice of allowing taxis to operate only on alternate days governed by the last number of their license plate. The drivers want it extended to year-end or the end of the pandemic.

There are some 100,000 licensed taxis in the region. They plan to gather in Plaza  Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday and march to the Presidential  Palace to make their voices heard.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/thousands-miss-work-as-taxis-block-roads

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Taxis gain program extension

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Posted 11/05/2021

The Transportation Authority (ATTT) has extended the measure that allows taxis to operate on alternate days until July 31, a partial victory for the drivers who brought chaos to city streets and highways last  Friday as they demanded an extension to December or the end of the pandemic

Vehicles whose license plates end in an odd number may circulate on Mondays and Wednesdays, while those finishing in even numbers may do so on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday everyone will be able to circulate.

The ATTT announcement had been previously recommended by the Ombudsman's Office, an entity that acts as a mediator between the National Government and the transporters of the selective sector.

According to the Ombudsman, Eduardo Leblanc González, the proposal must be implemented when there is a greater economic reactivation in the country, which is still affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

" At this time, we all have to do our part," said Leblanc who urged  the drivers to maintain dialogue to ensure a climate of peace between the parties for the benefit of users.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/taxis-gain-program-extension

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