Mr Shehu Yar’adua, the Chairman, Abuja Painted Taxi Drivers Association, has said that the association has given the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) a 14-day ultimatum within which to stop the sale of tickets to its members or face unpleasant consequences.
Yar’adua, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said the sale of the mandatory N200 ticket to each taxi operator daily was illegal.
According to him, FCT licenced operators’ guideline provides for the payment of N50 per entry for every operator, while AMAC is allowed to collect only N10 per loading for the maintenance of motor parks.
Yar’Adua lamented that while AMAC had yet to provide the parks for them, they were being charged N200 daily before they could move freely around the city.
He said that whenever any driver refused to pay that money, the AMAC agents would vandalise their vehicles and disrupt their activities for that day.
“We are saying that the sale of the tickets to our members is illegal, and it is also double taxation and everyone knows that double taxation is a crime.
“We cannot be answerable to the minister and at the same time be answerable to the local government chairman because we have the FCT licenced operators’ guideline.
“This guideline enables us to pay N50 per entry into the parks provided by the minister, so practically, if you are entering the park for 20 times in a day you will keep paying N50.
“This, on its own, is outrageous. So why should we also go back again to pay AMAC N200 daily without providing a park for us?’’ He asked.