İmamoğlu Speaks at the 1000 New Taxi Draw Ceremony

İmamoğlu Speaks at the 1000 New Taxi Draw Ceremony
İmamoğlu Speaks at the 1000 New Taxi Draw Ceremony

The conversion of 750 minibuses and 250 minibuses accepted at UKOME with the proposal of IMM took place with a drawing ceremony in the presence of a notary public. The rights holders have started to be determined. İmamoğlu, who attended the ceremony, drew attention to the taxi problem that Istanbul residents feel intensely. Stating that he will fight the mind that prevents the solution, İmamoğlu said, “I will never give up. We cannot plug our ears. We cannot put our heads in the sand… I will settle accounts on behalf of the people of Istanbul with that mindset that prevents us from making decisions with a made-up regulation, the number of seats in UKOME.”

The beneficiaries of the transformation of 750 minibuses and 250 minibuses into taxis, which were unanimously accepted at the Transportation Coordination Center (UKOME) meeting with the proposal of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), started to be determined with a drawing ceremony at the Yahya Kemal Beyatlı Show Center. A total of 4 vehicles, 750 minibuses and 250 taxi-dolmus, among 1000 thousand applications, will be transformed into taxis with the drawing of lots, which will be accompanied by a notary public.


President İmamoğlu, who started his speech at the ceremony organized by the İBB by addressing the tradesmen with the words "You Are the Home Owner", said that the traffic in Istanbul increased with the use of private vehicles during the pandemic period. Stating that policies that reduce the use of private vehicles and support the use of public transportation will be our priority, İmamoğlu said, “We are the city that manufactures the most metro in the world at the same time and continues the construction process. This is a record. Our performance with its cost, quality of production and financial sustainability is very valuable. In the coming years, these metro lines will be at the service of the citizens one by one.”


Emphasizing that IMM needs a new taxi plate and system that has been brought to UKOME 10 times, İmamoğlu said, “Istanbul has an intense taxi problem. I would like to state here that I will continue to fight with the mind that prevents the solution of this taxi problem. I will never give up. We are all from Istanbul. We can't plug our ears, we can't stick our heads in the sand. By the early 1990s, this city had grown from 6-7 million to 16 million official population to XNUMX million effective population. The active population has tripled, but the number of taxis is still the same. Citizens openly admit to using pirate taxis. These calls of the citizens, who are so openly admitted and so openly voicing a problem, are left unsolved in UKOME with a new regulation. I will settle accounts on behalf of the people of Istanbul with that mindset that prevents us from making decisions."


Saying that the new 1000 taxi license plate decision was rejected many times until it was implemented, İmamoğlu asked, 'Why did this job wait almost a year?' Sharing his solidarity with the tradesmen, İmamoğlu continued his speech as follows:

“I want tradesmen to make money. I want my shopkeepers to take the money they earn from halal food to their homes and make their children happy. Whatever the opinion of my shopkeepers, whether it is a taxi driver, minibus driver or bus driver, as a newly elected president, we made a raise for the first time in three and a half years. My shopkeepers can't make a living so am I going to stick my head in the sand? We have to give him the raise he deserves. hiker Ekrem İmamoğlu not. You or we did not increase the rate of inflation to thirty percent in this country. It is the mind that manages the economy of this country that produces it.”


Stating that he could not understand the political cheering of the shopkeepers who opposed the taxi transformation project, İmamoğlu said, “Do you worry about eating grapes? Beat the vineyard? I am calling out to the mind that has the intention of beating the vineyard. I've never been beaten in my life. Because I am not the type of person to make such a move in social affairs. I protect rights and law. I just asked him, although he was invited, the chairman of the chamber of tradesmen did not join us today. A thousand new taxis are joining that chamber of tradesmen. Those taxi drivers will also vote in the election of the chambers tomorrow. At least come and show them yourself," he said.


Utku Cihan, Head of IMM Transportation Department, also talked about the efforts to make Istanbul faster and more accessible, accompanied by a presentation. Emphasizing once again that Istanbul is the city where the most metro production continues at the same time, Cihan noted that the taxi transformation was implemented with a participatory method. Sharing that the grievances of the shopkeepers in the idle minibus lines will be eliminated, Cihan said, “We insisted on this decision 6 times. As a result of our insistence, we made this decision come out. In total, 3 thousand 917 vehicles applied for conversion to taxis. Today and tomorrow, we are making drawings in the presence of a notary to determine these right holders.”

Kazım Bilge, President of the Istanbul Minibus Chamber of Craftsmen, said, “We struggled with great difficulty for four years. God Almighty gave strength. Thank God we prepared this transformation. Today, we will experience the happiness of this," he said.


After the speeches, the right holders of the taxi license plates began to be determined by drawing lots in the presence of a notary public. IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, CHP Istanbul Deputy Gökhan Zeybek, Istanbul Chambers of Craftsmen and Craftsmen Union President Faik Yılmaz, Küçükçekmece Mayor Kemal Çebi, Istanbul Minibus Craftsmen Chamber President Kazım Bilge and İBB Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan, respectively, the 01 license plate holders on the A18 Bakırköy-Topkapı Line, and the draw was made. determined with.

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