The government, after much discussion, has come to the decision that all taxis in the Male' area must now be metered.
The decision was confirmed and announced to the public by the Minister of Transport Aishath Nahula during a press conference on Thursday.
Minister Aisha stated that the decision was made after much discussion and analysis of various opinions. A specific date for implementing the rule is yet to be confirmed. She also stated that the boundaries for the fares by distance have not yet been decided and that the government will ensure the minimum fare for a trip within Male’ does not exceed the current fare which is MVR 25 per trip.
She added that since the system of metered taxis are an entirely new and unfamiliar concept to Maldivian taxi drivers, she understands the concerns they may have and that they are within their rights to express their worries.
The decision for metered taxis come at hand soon after taxi drivers protested that it is impossible to make trips via the Sinamale’ bridge at the fare rate previously decided by the government. The protests led to several taxi drivers going on a strike after which a forum open to all taxi drivers were held to express their views and discuss further on how to overcome the difficulties.