Rabat - The Interior Ministry said it has launched the program of supporting the renewal of grand taxis, as part of measures aimed at the development of taxi transport services and to support the professionals of the sector.
Rabat – The Interior Ministry said it has launched the program of supporting the renewal of grand taxis, as part of measures aimed at the development of taxi transport services and to support the professionals of the sector.
The Ministry said in a statement that the government will offer owners of the grand taxis who meet certain requirements a subsidy of 80,000 Dirhams to replace their old Mercedes 240 Diesel with either a Dacia Lodgy seven-seater minivan, or the larger Renault Traffic van.
The statement added that this support aims to increase the quality of services provided to the users of this type of public transportation in addition to the improvement of employment and income conditions for the professionals working in the sector.
It went on to add that acquiring the new taxis will be more convenient to the terms of road safety, comfort of the passengers and the requirements of preserving the environment.
To achieve these goals, the Ministry highlighted, all necessary measures were taken in order to expedite the process of examining applications that can be submitted to the competent department across the kingdom, until October 30, 2015.
The Ministry also said that it had created a web portal that will enable taxi drivers to download documents and to follow the process of examining their applications.
There are approximately 55,000 grand taxis, also known as white taxis, offering transportation services all over Morocco. Casablanca alone has about 6,500.
Most of the taxis are the Mercedes 240 Diesel model and are more than 30 years old. These are well past their “expiration date,” but are still roaming the streets of Morocco, uncomfortably carrying six passengers plus the driver at one time.
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