Amendments to the Law on Road Transport , which concerns the commercial transport of passengers by taxi and car, entered into force on 12 July 2019. The changes in the law also increase the requirements in the regulation of tariff information and determine the duties and responsibilities of the carrier and the driver. More information on commercial passenger transport by taxi and car can be found in the publication of the LV portal “Changes in the Road Transport Law – also for commercial passenger transport by taxi” .
Calling and billing
The passenger can apply for taxi services:
- by telephone, calling the telephone number specified by the selected service provider;
- through the application / website;
- renting a taxi on the street.
You can pay for the taxi ride in cash or non-cash. The Road Administration (AD) draws attention to the fact that payment must be made after the journey on the basis of a taximeter. In turn, after payment, the passenger must receive a check. In addition, AD points out that taxis have the right to travel on public transport, which is an advantage during congestion.
In contrast, so-called “white number” service providers, such as “Bolt” or “Yandex”, can only be hired through an application / website. In addition, you can only pay for the trip through the specific application / website. “The car does not have to be equipped with a taximeter to provide such commercial transport,” explains AD.
Taxi identification signs and number plates
The taxi can be identified by the number plate that
- starts with TQ or TX (also EX if it is an electric car);
- is yellow.
AD also points out that the car must have a taxi sign and a light control in the passenger compartment behind the windscreen.
On the other hand, a trader whose service can only be applied for through an application / website must have information about the carrier and the service provider of the relevant website / mobile application on the front passenger door of the car. “If a trader offers his services through both Yandex and Bolt, there must be signs on both doors on the car door,” AD cites as an example. AD also points out that the car number plate is white for these service providers.
Drivers must be registered
All drivers providing commercial passenger transport by car must be registered in the Taxi Driver Register maintained by the AD . “The fact that the driver has registered is evidenced by the issued registration certificate, which must be on the front panel of the car during the journey,” explains AD.
License and license cards
In addition, in order for a trader to offer taxi services to passengers, he must obtain a license and a license card for each car used for the service. These documents are issued by nine cities of national importance and five planning regions.
For example, if a merchant wants to provide taxi services only in the territory of Riga, he will be issued a license and a license card by the Riga City Council, AD explains. Continuing the AD indicates that if the transportation is planned to be performed in the entire Riga region, the license and license card issued by the Riga planning region must also be received.
For operators providing commercial passenger transport by car with a “white number” , the license and license card are issued to the AD. It is valid for transportation throughout the territory of Latvia.