Infrastructures, Transport & Networks Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on Monday announced the complete deregulation of the taxi cab sector, clarifying that he will not sign the presidential decree prepared by his predecessor because it did not provide for the issue of new licenses in the greater Athens and Thessaloniki areas, the two most populous regions in the country.
Deregulation of the specific sector came into effect on July 2, with individuals interested in acquiring a taxi license are now required to merely file an application with regional authorities. The amount of the application fee will be decided within the next three months, and according to Ragoussis, it will be very low. Conditions for acquiring a taxi license, i.e. a clean criminal record by the applicant, will also be announced soon.
Ragoussis also announced that public transport means in Athens will soon offer free Wi-Fi wireless internet access to commuters.
Cab drivers on Crete have already decided to react to the government’s decision and are not going to work from the 4th of July until Wednesday, the 6th of July until 3 p.m.
Only a few taxi drivers are going to be available, and they will be appointed by the Union Trade so as to cover urgent cases for health reasons.