In addition to the 40 degrees of today temperatures rose due to the taxi drivers’strike which continues tomorrow. According to television reports taxis blocked Piraeus port and Athens airport to protest against the “opening” of their profession to all and sundry.
Taxi licences cost fantastic amounts until recently. The Greek government decided to open the profession to everyone who could afford the 3000 euros to buy a taxi licence. Taxis have been a good investment proposition in Greece because due to their low fares and the poor and ill organised mass transport system they were very popular. Now, Greeks faced with their own shrinking income are reluctant to take a taxi, the fares are still relatively low and the competition is increasing.
The Government claims that the right wing opposition is supporting the strike but New Democracy rejects the accusation.