The Ministry of Transport proposed to ban persons serving a term for serious crimes from working in a taxi.
Such a norm can be included in the list of requirements for taxi drivers that will be submitted to the government in July, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. Also relevant amendment,
prohibiting, among other things, aggregators from hiring former criminals, it is planned to be included in the Labor Code of the Russian Federation.
So far, citizens with a criminal record are allowed to drive a taxi, which is of concern to citizens. However, according to experts, the amendment still needs to be finalized: for example, the ban should be extended only to those convicted of intentionally grave and especially grave crimes related to violence. Attorney Vyacheslav Golenev explained to Rossiyskaya Gazeta that economic crimes also fall under the definition of “serious”.
“It’s unlikely that you’ll be very scared to get into a taxi if you are convicted of driving, say, for bribery,” he said.
Thus, according to Golenev, measures should be introduced only after careful study, without closing all the possibilities for those convicted of minor, or, for example, crimes committed years ago.
At the end of last year, a bill on state regulation of taxis was introduced to the State Duma, implying a limitation on the number of issued licenses, as well as equalization of the liability of carriers and aggregators.