Ana Brnabic, Serbia’s Prime Minister said on Tuesday that it wasn’t fair that Belgrade taxi drivers harass people by blocking the city when they knew the Government was always ready to talk, adding CarGo did not violate the law but was just using the loopholes in it, the Beta news agency reported.
Belgrade taxi drivers staged the seventh protest on Tuesday, converging on the city centre from four directions as they did over the past six days. They annouced the radicalisations which could include the blocade of city's bridges and moving the time from 1 - 3 pm to 2 to 5 pm as of next week.
They say they won’t give up until the private CarGo company is not banned from transporting people “illegally” as they say.
CarGo has reported that some of their cars were confiscated.
Zorana Mihajlovic, Serbia’s Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure said last week CarGo violated the law, adding her Ministry filed charges against the company twice.
Several hundred taxi drivers drove through the central streets of the city of Novi Sad in a show of solidarity with their counterparts in Belgrade.
“We have a company which says it won’t abide by the law and is doing something that it is not registered for, without a permit or licensed drivers and is charging much less than the prices regulated by the city,” she said.
However, in what appeared to be another misunderstanding between the two, Brnabic said the company was only using the loopholes in the law, and that “we can talk about how to change the law, but people who harass the citizens today took part in drafting that very law.”
Speaking to reporters at the opening of “e-Papir (Paper) – from Counters to Digital Transformation” Conference in Belgrade, she added the taxi drivers only promoted CarGo and that they "well know that the Government has always been ready to help them, including the issue of taxes."
“How many of them signed an agreement with Tax Authorities on reprogramming the debts? And we didn’t confiscate their vehicles?” Brnabic asked.
“Come and let's have talks, this is not the way,” she told the striking taxi drivers.