Response from IMM to taxi drivers’ request for a raise


Istanbul Chamber of Taxi Drivers and Tradesmen responded to the request of the Istanbul Chamber of Taxi Drivers and Tradesmen for a 65 percent increase in taxi tariffs. IMM Deputy Secretary General Buğra Gökce said, “65 percent increase is not a figure we can deem appropriate at the moment.”

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Response from IMM to taxi drivers' request for a raise

After the President of Istanbul Chamber of Taxi Drivers and Tradesmen (ITEO), Eyüp Aksu, announced that they requested a 65 percent increase in taxi tariff fees, a statement regarding the issue came from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

In his statement yesterday, Aksu stated that they requested the Public Transportation Service Directorate to increase taxi, taxi-minibus fare tariffs by 65 percent.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Deputy Secretary General Buğra Gökce said in his statement regarding the raise request that they did not receive an official raise offer and that they did not find the 65 percent raise appropriate.

‘IT MAY COME TO THE AGENDA IN DECEMBER’

Gökce included the following statements in his statement regarding taxi fares in the live broadcast he attended:

“First of all, there is no such agenda right now. I don’t know what the 65 percent figure was based on. There is no such agenda at UKOME at the end of this month. Our UKOMEs meet every 6 months to include the raise agenda. According to the figures at the end of December, this increase may come to the agenda. It is not right to pronounce this figure before the January UKOME. Moreover, a 65 percent raise is not a figure we would consider appropriate at the moment. It has no physical basis.

We calculate raise rates with 2 parameters; increase in inflation, increase in minimum wage and increase in fuel prices. The parameter is determined by a coefficient above these three. The raise is made according to this multiplication. It is not possible to see these figures right now. Therefore, such an increase is not on our agenda. “There is no official offer that has reached us.”

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