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Taxis increase fares in Kuwait ahead of Sept 1 petrol price hike

Ministry receives complaints and demands for control on taxi drivers’ price increases

Taxis increase fares in Kuwait ahead of Sept 1 petrol price hike
King Faisal Highway, Kuwait City (Photo: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Taxis in Kuwait have begun to increase fares ahead of the government’s scheduled fuel price hike set for September 1.

The increase has resulted in public complaints to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which has been asked to “keep in check” the hike by taxi drivers, sources told The Times Kuwait.

Sources also said the ministry of interior should launch campaigns to monitor and control taxi drivers’ violations, such as abandoning the use of meters.

The ministry had previously received complaints following the government’s decision to raise fuel prices as many feared the negative affects it would have on people who depend on taxis for transportation.

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