Professionals complain about the refusal of public subsidies for taxis

Professionals in the taxi sector still face obstacles that prevent them from benefiting from the exceptional public support allocated by the government to deal with the increase in fuel prices.

The government has launched the second phase of support for professionals in the taxi sector, but the requests for benefits submitted by a number of them via the digital platform updated for this purpose have been rejected, without justification.

The application for the benefit is submitted via an electronic platform in which the beneficiary enters their information, but a number of applications are rejected, which has prompted professionals to demand that the government provide a toll-free number to inquire about the reasons and file claims to resolve their situation.

Hassan Doukkali, regional editor of the Syndicat des taxis de SalĂ©, affiliated to the General Federation of Moroccan Workers, said that professionals who are deprived of support when they go to the vehicle registration centers of the Ministry of Transport, “that these centers are not concerned by the question, and the same goes for the workers”.

“We want to know the reason for depriving these professionals of support, and we need an official body to communicate with them, or at least put a toll-free number to find out the source of the defect”he told MoroccoLatestNews, noting “ that professionals whose applications are rejected have all the documents confirming their right to benefit”.

The government launched the first phase of exceptional support for road transport professionals on March 23, and launched the second phase on May 9, worth 2,200 dirhams for first-class taxis (grand taxis), and 1,600 for the second category.

The government has worked to remove a number of obstacles that prevented a group of professionals from benefiting in the first stage, including professional drivers who hired licenses to use taxis from deceased persons, and who were deprived of benefit subsidies because the registration document of the car is in the name of the deceased person.

According to Hassan Doukkali, the government dealt with this problem, which affected about 30% of professionals, by accepting the requests of the professionals concerned, despite the fact that the gray cards of the cars they use did not bear their names.

Doukkali added that “when the government became aware of the existence of this problem, it intervened and simplified the procedures for benefiting from the subsidy, in order to prevent the professionals concerned from increasing the transport tariff to the detriment of the citizens”, calling for action to resolve the problem of rejection of requests for assistance from a number of available professionals.

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