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Bratislava plagued by too many taxis

TOO MANY taxi-drivers, non-regulated prices, and a traffic ban in the historical centre are the main problems facing Bratislava's taxi-drivers, the chairman of the Bratislava Taxi Guild (CTB), Milan Velčický, told the news wire SITA.

"Currently, there are about two thousand taxi-drivers in Bratislava, which is far too many for this kind of city; it is literally a fight for each customer, said Velčický.

"We want to reach a situation in which not everyone with a trade license and a clean criminal record can become a taxi-driver," he added.

He said new taxi-drivers who do not know the city and do not have experience often damage the name of the profession.

He suggested that setting a bottom tariff level would reduce the number of taxi-drivers in the capital.

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