Prague cabbies in skirmish with police over lucrative taxi-stand
Prague City Hall’s legal battle against taxi drivers spilled over into the streets of the capital on Thursday, as taxi drivers clashed with police over a lucrative taxi-stand on Old Town Square. Two taxi drivers were arrested on the spot, two were taken to hospital and several of them may be charged with attacking a civil servant.
Taxi drivers disregarded the regulation and took the matter to court which ruled that City Hall does not have the right to impose maximum fares. City officials have appealed the verdict and are more determined than ever to stand their ground. However so are the cabbies, who are now getting legal advice and say the decision to change the taxi-stand to a parking lot for disabled drivers was illegal. More battles are about to be fought in court – and given the notoriously slow Czech judicial system – the dispute is likely to drag. Meanwhile, foreign visitors to Prague will have to fend for themselves when making use of the city’s cabbies. A vital piece of advice from City Hall is – make sure you know the going price before entering a cab.