SRS com­mences in­tense in­spec­tions of taxis at Riga air­port

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In re­sponse to com­plaints from many pas­sen­gers about un­jus­ti­fi­ably high prices for taxi trips, Lat­vian State Rev­enue Ser­vice has com­menced in­spec­tions at Riga air­port. Although SRS has no way to in­flu­ence ex­ces­sively high tar­iffs set by taxi com­pa­nies, in­spec­tors will pay at­ten­tion if taxis are fit­ted with coun­ters that com­ply with new re­quire­ments and whether or not taxi driv­ers is­sue re­ceipts af­ter re­ceiv­ing pay­ment, says SRS rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aļona Zan­dere.

«SRS has per­formed 15 mon­i­tor­ing and 95 the­matic in­spec­tions at taxi com­pa­nies in the first seven month of 2018. 110 con­trol trips have been per­formed in to­tal. Only in 15 of them did driv­ers is­sue re­ceipts af­ter re­ceiv­ing pay­ment. In­spec­tors also found that in more than a dozen cases coun­ters in­stalled in in­spected taxis did not meet tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments. In ap­prox­i­mately 40 cases in­spec­tors found that taxes cal­cu­lated and paid from wages were im­prop­erly cal­cu­lated,» says Zan­dere.

Min­is­ter Edgars Rinkēvičs has sent a let­ter to mul­ti­ple state in­sti­tu­tions, invit­ing them to re­solve the «taxi is­sue» at the air­port. Drēģeris ex­plains that the min­istry has re­ceived re­sponses from Lat­vian Taxi Trade Union, Con­sumer Rights Pro­tec­tion Cen­tre, Riga air­port, econ­omy and trans­port min­istries re­gard­ing the qual­ity of taxi ser­vices at the air­port.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry hopes a so­lu­tion is found soon to make sure the qual­ity of taxi ser­vices for Lat­vian res­i­dents and guests from other coun­tries do not im­pact Latvia’s rep­u­ta­tion.

«In the let­ter sent to mul­ti­ple state in­sti­tu­tions, I asked them to re­solve the ‘taxi is­sue’ at Riga air­port, which is a mat­ter of state rep­u­ta­tion, tourism de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment at­trac­tion,» Rinkēvičs wrote on Twit­ter.

Artūrs Ķīp­sts/LETA

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