Taxi drivers stage protest outside City Hall

07-03-2012

Dozens of taxi drivers staged a protest outside Prague’s City Hall on Wednesday by deliberately parking in front of the building in Marianské Náměstí. The taxi drivers blocked streets around the site as police on the scene issued fines to several of the taxi drivers who added to the protest by beeping their horns. The protests are in favour of recently rejected proposals to introduce a minimum per kilometre tariff of 24 crowns for all of the city’s taxis. The action began in Prague’s Strahov district at around 1pm, with drivers then making their way to City Hall. Presently, only a maximum tariff of 28 crowns is in effect, with mayor Bohuslav Svoboda arguing that a minimum fee would reduce competition in the taxi market. Hundreds of taxi drivers have reportedly signed a petition in favour of the minimum tariff plan.