Taxi drivers

Saudi TGA to fine 349 taxi drivers for violating uniform rules

RIYADH – The Transport General Authority (TGA) has confirmed that it has detected violations by a total of 349 taxi drivers in adhering to the mandatory uniform rule. The authority said these taxi drivers will be issued fines as punishment for the offence.

The authority’s decision to make uniforms compulsory for male and female taxi drivers came into effect on July 12. 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.

Since then, TGA has stepped up inspections of public taxis to ensure that drivers adhere to the assigned uniform. The violations were detected during more than 6,000 inspections conducted across Saudi Arabia.

In accordance with the newly introduced provisions of the regulation governing the activities of the public taxi, the designated uniform has become a prerequisite for the exercise of this activity.

Taxi drivers are required to wear the national dress or a long-sleeved gray shirt, black pants and a belt, in addition to putting on their identity card. The driver can add a jacket or coat if desired.

The TGA has also called on all licensed companies to adhere to the requirements which ensure an increase in the quality of services provided to beneficiaries.

The authority has indicated that respecting the wearing of uniform helps to strengthen the efforts of the authority to further develop the sector as well as to improve 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 accordance with rules of public decorum, as well as to increase the quality of services and improve the experience of beneficiaries.

The authority called on everyone, if they detect a violation in their activities, to report it via the website: https://tga.gov.sa/, or via the unified number 19929.

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