Taxi drivers

Mandatory uniform for taxi drivers in Saudi Arabia goes into effect

RIYADH — The decision by the General Transport Authority (TGA) to make uniforms compulsory for male and female taxi drivers came into effect on Tuesday July 12. Fines will be imposed on those who violate uniform regulations.

The decision to enforce mandatory uniform will apply to public taxi drivers, taxi routing service, guided vehicle service and taxi intermediaries. The authority announced earlier that wearing a uniform will be considered the main requirement to perform these activities in accordance with the provisions of the regulations governing the activity of taxis and taxi intermediaries.

The TGA has clarified that the drivers who will be required to wear the designated uniforms are public taxi drivers; airport taxi drivers; family taxi drivers; passenger transport application drivers; and private taxi drivers.

The authority said that respecting the wearing of uniform helps strengthen the development efforts of the authority and will increase the quality of services in transport activities.

The TGA said the requirement for drivers to wear uniforms is intended to standardize and improve their overall appearance in line with the rules of public decorum, as well as to increase the quality of services and improve the experience of beneficiaries.

The authority also confirmed that its decision is part of a set of steps for periodic and continuous updating and improvement of the activities and services of public taxis and passenger transport applications.

He noted that if passengers notice that the taxi driver or the driver of the passenger transport applications does not comply with the uniform regulations, they can lodge a complaint by contacting the unified telephone number 19929.

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