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December 22, 2021 10:50 am

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Taxi companies and car-sharing operators can receive subsidies to recover some of the costs of buying new cars.

256 million rubles were allocated from the city budget for the implementation of the program for the development of taxi and car-sharing services. The corresponding decree was signed Sergei Sobyanin

The allocated funds will be used to pay subsidies to taxi companies and car-sharing operators who purchase new cars, to reimburse part of the cost of paying interest on loans and leasing payments.

In 2021, applications for subsidies were accepted from July 9 to 26. 139 applications were received from 136 taxi companies and three car-sharing operators for the purchase of 26.37 thousand cars (including more than 13.6 thousand taxis and 12.7 thousand cars-sharing cars). The total amount of subsidies, taking into account the funds allocated by this resolution, will be 538.7 million rubles. They will be paid in December.

In total, since 2012, taxi companies have received subsidies totaling 1.1 billion rubles, over 46 thousand cars have been purchased.

Thanks to the support of the Moscow Government, it was possible to renew 70 percent of the passenger taxi fleet. Now the Moscow taxi company remains the youngest in Europe, the average age of a car is 2.7 years.

Every day, about 80 thousand passenger taxis operate on the roads of Moscow with permits issued by the Government of Moscow and the Government of the Moscow Region.

Compared to 2011, the number of taxi passengers increased 15 times. If 10 years ago a taxi was used by 77 thousand people a day, today this type of transport is chosen by more than a million passengers. On average, one car has 15-17 trips per day (in 2011 – five trips). The average taxi time in the city is about four minutes. Even during peak hours, the average waiting time for a taxi is no more than seven minutes.

In 2018, the city support program was extended to car sharing operators. Four companies received subsidies totaling 241 million rubles, and 12.2 thousand cars were purchased. Today in the capital’s car sharing there is not a single car older than four years, and the average age of cars is two years.

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