The request for bringing a total of 1000 thousand new taxis to Istanbul, including 6 minibuses and minibuses, was rejected by UKOME. Emphasizing that they will bring this issue to the agenda insistently, İmamoğlu said, “If there is someone who has made this business an interest, his name is a gallery owner, if his name is not sure, I am sorry; I don't care if it's going to hurt. I'm not interested in taxi brokers or someone who returns capital with the taxi business. I will protect the rights of those who stand behind the wheel for 16-17 hours; also the bread in his house. You have no worries. You can tell this to your members with pleasure ”. İmamoğlu expressed his reaction to the decision, “I do not have aggression, pashalik, partisanship, kinship, fellowship, brother. There is no grouping; Everyone is equal. 16 million people are equal. I am here to protect everyone's rights, to defend a just order. The instruction came like that. I see it from the messages. I refer this instruction process to the conscience of the people. I invite everyone, every institution to think about it. See the sincerity ”.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu attended the UKOME meeting, where the "new taxi" application, which millions of citizens living in the city were eagerly waiting for, was discussed for the third time. At the UKOME meeting held under the chairmanship of İmamoğlu, stakeholders made speeches before the vote to bring a total of 17 thousand new taxis, including 395 minibuses and minibuses, to Istanbul, where there are 1000 thousand 6 taxis. Taking the floor after the detailed presentation of IMM Deputy Secretary General Orhan Demir, Istanbul Taxi Drivers Chamber Chairman Eyüp Aksu claimed that their opinion was not taken in the process and that the new IMM administration did not provide training to the taxi driver. Aksu spoke to İmamoğlu saying, "Which group did you promise and bring this issue to the agenda today".
EXCHANGE ANSWER FROM DEMİR TO AKSU
Speaking again on these allegations, Demir responded to Aksu with a photograph of former IMM bureaucrat, new Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, taken with a district mayor. In the photo, it was seen that there was a foreign currency of the IMM bureaucrat, Minister Karaismailoğlu, showing the need for 6 thousand 180 new taxis for Istanbul. In his reply to Demir, Aksu said, “You showed two tables in which you mentioned our Minister. I could not understand. Our dear Minister was in your office and served for years. It did not upset the tradesmen and never made such statements that would make the taxi driver a victim. In fact, he had the authority, maybe he could, but certainly no speech was made by the taxi industry to upset. It has always helped us too. I would like to thank him for the support he gave to us during his employment, when he was in charge, as Mr. Minister is named here, and I present my respects ”.
"I PROMISED 16 MILLION PEOPLE"
Stating that Aksu was doing politics seriously in his speech, İmamoğlu said, “With his last message, Nirvana was in politics. Here, he expressed his happiness with the people he said he did not give him a raise for 3-4 years. This is not a political medium. By the way, I am the only political among you; I suppose I fell into a situation that does not do the only politics, ”he said. İmamoğlu said, "Here, you made an unlimited sentence with an environment where there was no raise for 3-4 years or saying 'In the past, education was given, now it is not given', and with an accusation, 'Which group did you promise and bring it today'? :
“My promise is true; I promised two groups. The first is 16 million Istanbul residents, and the second is around 50-60 thousand driver trades in it. I keep my promise. Therefore, I return this limitless sentence, Mr. President, and as a president who has failed in participation, I refer you to the conscience of the tradesmen. If I were someone who fails in the participation, this place would not be broadcast live. I talk about everything in front of the citizen in participation. "
"I AM NOT A HUMAN SPEAKING WITH THE REALITY"
Referring to the meeting where he met with sector representatives, İmamoğlu said, “When I asked for an invitation and invited it, another delegation came; probably in your knowledge. Because there was also your vice president in it. You did not come. If you came, I would say 'No'. 'Don't rent, buy' offer came to me at that table. 'Since you have such an intention, do not rent, buy' offer was made. Nobody objected to this job at that table either, I did. I am not a person who swallows the truth. I am a person who transparently shares these processes with our people. Of course, we are discussing an important business here today. I'm here for her; true. We are discussing a process related to the change and character of Istanbul; true. The subject we are discussing has absolutely nothing to do with the pandemic. I am someone who knows very well the difficulties in the pandemic process. There are bureaucrats nodding and saying this, I see and follow them all. It has nothing to do with the pandemic. 5 thousand taxis are not waiting at the door. This job is the process. "There is no point in doing tales here," he said.
"MY PROBLEM; THE MAN WHO DOES NOT RECEIVE 2 THOUSAND 300 LIRA WAY, 4 THOUSAND 200 LIRA WAGE "
"We are human beings, we have a conscience," said İmamoğlu, saying, "I am a person who follows the market as well as everyone else here, and never have any doubts about not violating anyone's rights, and who will not victimize any tradesmen you have been victimized until today. Nobody should doubt this. Is the issue of raise as a matter of politics; done. We said 'we won't do it'. It's not an easy thing for a politician. Did you make a statement about my raise when I was sacrificed for 7 months, 8 months in front of 'trolls'; no. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter whether you make a statement or not. I did it because it was right. Governor is there; We also talked to Mr. Governor; "Let's stop this from being a political issue." This is the right of shopkeepers. If rising inflation in Turkey, if the time comes to tires, the diesel hike is coming, so let's make the decision ... we have unity. And every December this job should come to UKOME without discussion. It has no policy. You also download people late, you have families too. What will be my problem? My problem; "To give a salary of 2 thousand 300 liras to the man who cannot get a salary of even 4 thousand 200 liras".
"WE WANT TO CHANGE THE FUTURE OF A CITY"
İmamoğlu continued his speech as follows: “We do not have a problem with the 17 thousand taxis you bought. Earn more, let it be nice. What is falling in value does not increase like this. This job does not concern me. It concerns me after that. You said 'I don't understand what the minister said'; he has a report. He shows a billboard in his hand saying '6000-odd more taxis are needed' and takes pictures. He has. They give you, you take care of it. It doesn't matter who said what. The way to the mind is already. But in this pandemic, did we say, 'We will put 5 thousand taxis to the door'. There is no such thing. Nobody should populism over it. We also know what to do and when, we will discuss it with you again. What did I say to the incoming representatives; let him enter the room, have a good manager in the room, enter the tender, buy it from there. We will create competition, service competition, standard. We want to change the future of a city. This is not a political table; this is a common mind table. Nobody conducts the choir here, I don't know if they do. I do not speak plural, I am the mayor, although I do not speak. Nobody conducts the choir. I do not sign a job here that will do an iota of harm to my taxi driver brothers. I am so net. "
"TAXI CUSTOMERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ME"
“But if there is someone who has made this business a profit, if his name is a gallery owner, I don't know what his name is; I don't care if it's going to hurt. I'm not interested in taxi brokers or someone who returns capital with the taxi business. It is the job of the Ministry of Finance. Does not interest me. I will protect the rights of those who stand behind the wheel for more than 16-17 hours from the beginning of the taxi. And the bread in his house. You have no worries, no worries at all. You can tell this to your members with pleasure. I stand on each and every one of the promises I made in the election. I keep on saying everything about the tradesman. I did not say 'I will increase your taxi values'. But if it is increasing, what to me. If it is falling, it is falling. What is that to me. "
"THE MIND THAT SAYS WE DO NOT MANAGE ISTANBUL, TOS ON THE WALL"
“We made an election on June 23. 4 million 740 thousand people voted close to 55 percent; is true. Today, if there is a mind that says 'You were chosen with an opinion, but we will not let you rule Istanbul'; that mind hits a wall, it doesn't work. Therefore, we will make a meaningful vote here.
I am here for a meaningful voting that will make a note in history. Politics is not the job of these tables. I just listened; You think it has been managed with a brilliant system until today. Nobody has a problem with a taxi. It is almost 90 percent of those on the street will express satisfaction, everyone is happy; the trainers are happy, the taxi drivers are happy, everyone who gets on and off is happy; something sparkling. It's like I'm living somewhere else. I am describing an area where 90-95 percent citizens are unhappy. I will not sign anything that will harm 50 thousand drivers or tradesmen. Second, nobody should populism over the pandemic. We know both the pandemic and the time of this work. "
"EVERYONE THINK WITH THE CONSIDER"
“Let me express one more thing: If I wanted to find money, I would say, 'I'm selling the license plates'. Believe me, this noise wouldn't sound like that. I am trying to create a permanent value for the city. A regulatory, controllable permanent value. A person has a 50 or 100 taxi taxi, I have no way of knowing and towing. There is no map of taxi ownership; I do not know. I am speaking hypothetically, I am not making a claim. However, there are those who make claims. Eyüp Bey says, "Everyone has a taxi." It's a claim too. Everyone should sit with their conscience and think. Which claim is true? I am with my brother who has been doing this business for two or three generations. Don't worry. It will not have any problems. Istanbul has a population of 16-17 million. It also has that much mobility. Today we are with the tradesmen, don't worry. The preparation of this work, its system, this bus, 7-8 months to come up. We are not talking about a simple thing. We're not going to go out the door and look for 5 thousand taxis. No Such Thing. It is a pity, it is a sin. "
"I HAVE NO SISTER, I HAVE AĞALIK, PAŞALIK, PARTISANNESS, RELATIONSHIP, NURSING"
“When I listen to many comments, I get upset. I used my right to answer. Negotiation was made. Investing, etc., these are separate things. I do not have aggression, pashalik, partisanship, kinship, fellowship, brother. There is no grouping; Everyone is equal. 16 million people are equal. I am here to protect everyone's rights, to defend a just order. I wanted to see, identify and witness this situation. I am analyzing, talking, but I will leave everyone with their conscience after today. What will I think and see when everyone goes home and puts their head on the bed? My own team and my friends know too; we keep the negotiation abundant. I have never been a choir conductor for any of them. I have never been a choir conductor to anyone's will. I hope we will make a good decision for our Istanbul. "
"I DELIVER THE PROCESS TO THE PEOPLE'S CONSIDER"
İmamoğlu submitted 1000 taxi plate proposals and 5 thousand new taxi proposals that wanted to convert from minibus and minibus to taxi separately. Both proposals were rejected by majority vote. Emphasizing that they will persistently bring this issue to the agenda, İmamoğlu said, “That was the instruction. I see it from the messages. I refer this instruction process to the conscience of the people. I invite everyone, every institution to think about it. He paused the session for 15 minutes, saying "see the sincerity". At that time, the minibus and minibus drivers, whose taxi requests were rejected, reacted to the UKOME members. The session continued under the leadership of IMM Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar.