Support The Moscow Times!

New Safety Rules for Moscow Taxis

The Moscow City Transportation Department has announced plans to introduce new safety requirements for taxis operating in the city.

The new requirements will include mandatory airbags, specifying the vehicle's active and passive safety features and prohibiting the use of vehicles that are more than five to seven years old, Interfax reported.

In addition, training courses and tests for taxi drivers should be organized, deputy transportation chief Dmitry Pronin told a press conference.

"Today, there is no program of courses and mandatory tests for drivers. Certainly, taxi drivers must know the Russian language."

"Some equipment improvements of taxis are taking place anyway. Despite the lack of requirements many entrepreneurs [properly] equip their cars," he added.

In a December 2012 poll by Trip Advisor, Moscow scored lowest out of 40 worldwide tourist destinations for "best taxi services."

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more