Taxis play an important role in almost every city in the world. However, this role varies from city to city – “taxi” does not refer to the same concept everywhere. Regulation of the taxi industry has a long history, but no universal regulatory solution has been discovered. Differing local market conditions create a wide set of challenges for authorities seeking to regulate the industry. Nevertheless, some recurring patterns allow us to derive some general orientation.
The new SUTP Technical Document #16 “Taxis as a Part of Public Transport” discusses the merits of different regulatory systems for the taxi industry and provides a guide for evaluating different forms of taxi regulation and assesses which system is most suited to particular cities in question. It identifies six key recommendations, such as:
1) Tailor Regulation to Local Needs
2) Ensure Some Form of Quality Control
3) Consider Quantity Control
4) Regulate Fares with Careful Consideration
5) Empower the Regulator.
6) Develop a Strategy for Regulatory Changes
They all can be seen as a guideline; individual adaption to local circumstances is nevertheless inevitable.
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Following the Transportation Strategy Workshop for Asian Cities jointly organised with SHRDC in April this year, CityNet published a comprehensive report that elaborate the lectures and discussion conducted throughout the program. This report is expected to provide a brief insight on how to strategize urban transport for CityNet member cities, particularly those who didn’t get a chance to participate.
Clean Air Asia’s pioneering Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities, launched in February, is empowering cities and countries to resolve the air pollution challenges that are so prevalent throughout the region. It provides roadmaps that facilitate the assessment of a city’s and/or country’s level of development in six areas and identifies the priority measures that need to be undertaken to address the key issues.
Clean Air Asia’s groundbreaking Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities, launched in February, provides cities with the knowledge and direction needed to effectively reduce air pollution.
The Guidance Framework is recognized as a pioneering approach that empowers local and national-level authorities to resolve the air pollution challenges that are so prevalent throughout the region. The voluntary and non-binding Guidance Framework – developed in consultation with environment ministries, experts and air quality management stakeholders – features six specific areas of guidance: ambient air quality standards and monitoring; emissions inventories and modeling; health and other impacts; air quality communication; clean air plans; and governance. It was developed as an outcome of the biennial Governmental Meetings on Urban Air Quality in Asia, co-organized by Clean Air Asia and United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia Pacific.
The Guidance Framework facilitates assessment of a city’s and/or country’s level of development in each of those six areas and identifies the priority measures that need to be undertaken to address the key issues. It is a living document that will evolve with the capacities and needs of its users.
The Guidance Framework also serves as a guide for cities and countries to achieve the Long-Term Vision for Urban Air Quality in Asia, the aim of which is: “By 2030 air quality in Asian cities has made significant progress towards achieving WHO air quality guideline values through the implementation of comprehensive air quality management strategies.” It also supports the realization of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable; Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (Target: By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination).
Clean Air Asia is supporting countries and cities in implementing the Guidance Framework as part of its Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia Programme (IBAQ Programme) through a range of targeted interventions, including knowledge-sharing platforms to strengthen regional collaboration, capacity building activities such as trainings, study tours and city twinning, and technical assistance at both the national and subnational levels. A training course on the implementation of the Guidance Framework is also being finalized to support countries and cities in determining their air quality management capacity and in identifying the interventions needed to improve air quality in accordance with Guidance Framework roadmaps.
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