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Abiy Ahmed has announced plans to allow private vehicles to provide public transport services in Add

Addis Ababa City Seeks to Fix Transport Crisis with Private Cars

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced plans to allow private vehicles to provide public transport services in Addis Ababa city. This move aims to address the city’s growing transportation challenges.

The government will spend over $4 billion to import fuel, but the prime minister acknowledged that subsidies alone are insufficient to fully solve the transport crisis. To further alleviate the situation, the government is exploring a policy that would permit private cars with a certain license plate number to operate as taxis or ride-sharing vehicles.

This policy change seeks to utilize empty seats in private cars while providing more transportation options for the public. The prime minister noted that the current fuel subsidies are not adequately reaching the poorest segments of society. He also expressed concern over the frequent traffic jams and long commute times, especially during peak hours, which he described as a sad situation.

Overall, the proposed policy change aims to leverage private vehicles to improve mobility and reduce congestion in Addis Ababa city.

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