Taxi drivers generated over MOP1 mln in fines in 2015

Fines imposed on taxis in 2015 generated over MOP1 million (US$124,664), an increase from the MOP963,500 collected in the previous year, according to Portuguese TDM radio, quoting data from the Transport Bureau (DSAT). In 2015, the number of cases resulting in the payment of fines was 1,133, while in 2014 it stood at 1,270. During 2015, some 3,447 cases involved taxis, treble the previous year, when DSAT recorded 1,197 cases. According to DSAT, most cases were related to ‘overcharging for the service and fishing for passengers’. The number of warnings and reprimands of taxi drivers issued by DSAT decreased 67.8 per cent year-on-year to 165 from 512, TDM Radio reported. The same trend was recorded in terms of complaints, which dropped 37.7 per cent to 1,991 from 3,177 cases. DSAT also stressed that it is ‘focused on fighting irregularities committed by taxi drivers’ and that inspections ‘have been made in uncertain areas in order to tackle existing problems in different black spots’.