Russian Taxi Drivers Will Receive Fines Due to the Color of the Car

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.20 - 2024 11:31 AM CET

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Their vehicles have to meet the color standard of white with a yellow stripe.

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Starting in 2025, Russian drivers who fail to comply with vehicle color requirements will face fines ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 rubles.

This regulation applies to drivers who receive their permits after September 2024.

For existing drivers, the new rules will take effect upon permit renewal.

Stricter Penalties for Unauthorized Service Areas

The law specifically targets drivers offering services in unauthorized areas such as airports and train stations.

Violations in these locations will result in fines ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 rubles.

The biggest fines, between 50,000 and 100,000 rubles, will be imposed on operators who fail to provide tariff information to the authorities.

Industry Concerns and Legislative Justifications

Since September 2023, stricter taxi regulations have been in effect, requiring drivers to be registered in the official transport registry and their vehicles to meet the color standard of a white body with a yellow stripe.

The taxi industry has expressed concerns about the reform, citing a potential decline in legal drivers and increased prices.

The bill's author, Alexey Tsivilev, chair of the Transport Committee, emphasized the necessity of these fines due to numerous violations identified by the Transport Committee.

According to Tsivilev, 70% of the 100 violations recorded since the beginning of 2024 involved non-compliant vehicle appearances, as reported by RBC.