To solve the problem of illegal taxi drivers, the Ministry of Transportation of the Sarajevo Canton has issued a notification that calls for more taxi designations to be issued. Following the notification, the traffic inspectors got down to work and in the last two years, a significant change has also been noticed.
After the first 17 days of inspection, they issued 70 misdemeanor warrants which totaled to over 30,000 BAM.
All the taxi drivers in the region are being tracked by the Ministries and they have also compiled a list of those who have paid their liabilities and are working in compliance with their prescribed procedures.
Those taxi drivers who have TA license plates and the additional taxi designation displayed at a place on their vehicles that is visible will be allowed to perform the activity.
The issuance of the misdemeanor warrants took place between 26 Feb to 14 March, 2016 during which 232 controls were conducted and 112 records were made. During the same time, traffic inspectors had to exclude four vehicles due to deficiencies which had been identified. In addition, they place a temporary ban on performing activity and also submitted three requests for proceedings to take place in the court for misdemeanor warrants.
Police are aiding the traffic inspectors to ensure that proper procedures are implemented and inspection supervisions yield results. The Sarajevo’s Cantons Ministry of Internal Affairs provides intervention in cases where there is resistance from drivers or in cases where there is prevention in allowing the inspectors to perform their duties.
The measures that the Ministry of Transportation of the Sarajevo Canton has implemented have given relief to legal taxi drivers. They also hope that the issue of illegal taxi drivers that has been prevalent in the region for years will be solved with these misdemeanor warrants.