| 20 May 2024, Monday |

Taxi drivers and passengers are suffering amid spike in gasoline prices

He wakes up in the early morning to queue in his car at the gas station, not for the aim of making a journey, but rather waiting hours for his turn to fulfil his car tank with gasoline.

The taxi driver doesn’t do this to sell gasoline on the black market, as his sole concern is working all day long to secure food for his family. The highest level of oppression, according to him, is when he hears the phrase “We’ve run out of gasoline,” as the long of hours of queuing were gone, and he has to look for another humiliation queue, at another station!

The tariff of a public car ranges currently between 15,000 and 24,000 LBP within one region. The driver knows that this tariff can keep passengers away from his way, or perhaps take him and his car away from some areas. However, the price of the gas canister, which rises amid the currency collapse, kept no any other choice, not to mention the costs of repairing the car, which is paid in dollars.”

The pain is double, as the employee cannot pay more than half of his salary for transportation, nor the taxi driver able to “work at a loss.” Hopes remain for a plan that would support the sector in early September.

The problem today is that if the state remains reluctant to put in place a mechanism that guarantees the continuation of the work of taxi drivers, neither “the driver is able to reduce his movement and adapt, according to Feghali, nor the citizen able to find an alternative for transportation, according to Raymond Ghajar, however, the journey to hell is still in its beginning according to Aoun.

  • Sawt Beirut International