Authorities of Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri have assured the individual taxi drivers of the city that they would continue to work as before, Armenian daily “Haykakan Zhamanak” reported.
Note, the taxi drivers were protesting against the Armenian government's decision, according to which they are required to install meters and pay a monthly fixed charge of 8,000 AMD for driving a taxi.
Various officials in the mayor's office and the regional administration, however, have told the drivers the changes would not be implemented in Gyumri due to the poor social conditions of Shirak province, one of the drivers informed “Haykakan Zhamanak”.
When asked why the taxi drivers' planned protest action scheduled to have taken place three days ago was cancelled, the same driver said: "I myself don't know. Law enforcement officers arrived and persuaded the people to disperse. Now [city authorities] say we will continue to work as before.”