80 thousand taxi drivers may lose their jobs in Germany due to pandemic

80 thousand taxi drivers may lose their jobs in Germany due to pandemic

November 28, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

In Germany, one in three taxi drivers are at risk of losing their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This was announced by the Federal Association of Taxi and Rental Cars, Evropeyskaya Pravda reports with reference to Spiegel.

The Taxi Association expects 12,000 companies and about 80,000 jobs to be lost across the country by the end of 2021 without additional assistance.

This is a third of all jobs and a fifth of companies – today there are about 55,000 companies in Germany with about 250,000 jobs.

In Berlin alone, over a thousand taxis were deregistered this year.

According to the association, the situation in the taxi industry has recently deteriorated sharply due to a partial lockdown.

“We are now losing a lot of companies, some people are losing their jobs and, therefore, their economic existence,” – said in a letter to the Board of Directors and the Presidium of the Federal Taxi and Rental Car Association, Minister of Economy Peter Altmayer and Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.

The association said the industry supports measures to contain the pandemic and operates with strict hygiene regulations, but due to reduced mobility of people, the transportation industry has fallen into decline.