Taxis queue in Luxembourg City-Centre, August 2012
Photo: Olivier Minaire
Mobility: Catching a cab could be more convenient in a few months’ time, after the passage of a taxi reform package by a key committee.
A revamp of taxi regulations could lead to increased cab competition this autumn.
The final draft of a long-awaited taxi reform bill was approved by the Chamber of Deputies’ sustainable development committee on Thursday. Under the new regime, licenses will be granted by the national government and no longer at the local level. Cabs will be issued permits for one of six geographic zones, replacing today’s 44 communal territories.
That will allow taxis to extend their range of service and have fewer empty trips, Henri Kox, the Green MP who was the bill’s rapporteur in the Chamber of Deputies, told Le Quotidien (in French).
In addition, the law requires taxis to display their fares; passengers will be to take any licensed taxi, not just the cab at the head of the queue; and 20 new licenses will be issued annually for zero emission vehicles.
However, Daniel Tesch, a lawyer and former general manager of the Automobile Club of Luxembourg, told Paperjam (French) that prices would not fall under the new system, due to the lack of competition. There still will be a limited number of licenses, according taxi drivers the same type of protection as notaires and pharmacists, he said.