Twelve militants of Islamic Jihad Mujahideen Jamaat grouping detained in KaliningradSociety & Culture April 27, 2:14
Russian Prosecutor General’s Office finds another 3 NGOs to be undesirableRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 26, 21:42
Moscow ‘seriously concerned’ about Turkish airstrikes in Iraq, SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 26, 20:55
North Korea ‘neither fears war nor wants to avoid it,’ says country’s UN missionWorld April 26, 20:37
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry to continue helping Serbia in mine clearance in 2017Military & Defense April 26, 20:20
Putin says Russia, China maintain relations at 'unprecedentedly high level'Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 26, 20:02
Polls shows number of happy Russians at record-breaking historic highSociety & Culture April 26, 19:27
IS recruiting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan — Russia’s General StaffMilitary & Defense April 26, 18:49
Coffin with presumed remains of 19th century Russian general dug up in TurkeySociety & Culture April 26, 18:26
MOSCOW, October 19 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow’s licensed taxicabs support program has reduced the number of illegal taxicabs in the city by 20,000 over years, Deputy Mayor Maksim Liksutov told a business meeting on Friday.
Most of the illegal taxicab drivers were migrants and now they have had to leave this segment, he said.
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said “over the past eighteen months we have walked a long way - from an almost illegal market of taxicabs to the legalization of the main flows.”
“The 35,000th taxicab was registered just recently. In fact we are coming close to the target amount,” he said. “The illegal migrants did not know the city and posed real danger to passengers.”
“We believe that by the end of 2013 we shall have 40,000 legal taxicabs in the city. By the end of next year there will be 55,000 legal taxicabs. So far, 3,350 cars have been painted yellow. This is ten percent of the overall fleet. The number of taxicab stands will be increased to 460 by the end this year and their overall capacity, to 5,200 vehicles.