Within the context of the endeavors of the National Committee of Land Transport in the Council of Saudi Chambers to overcome the obstacles facing the land transport sector in different regions of the Kingdom and touch the concerns of investors in this vital sector, the Committee is preparing to intensify its moves towards resolving a number of important issues which are according to land transport investors a threat to their economic activities and cause leaving this market.
Such new moves were disclosed during a meeting held recently by the National Committee of Land Transport at the Council of Chambers' headquarters which was headed by Chairman of the Committee, Saud Alnifie who announced the intention of the Commission to discuss these files and the obstacles in front of the specialized authorities to find fair and prompt solutions to maintain the stability of the sector and its gains and ensure carrying out its role in supporting the national economy.
The meeting was attended by a number of Committee members from different regions of the Kingdom and had been allocated to discuss three main items which are times for entering trucks to the city of Riyadh, Nedaqat Program , its approved ratios for the land transport sector in addition to the problem of irregular taxi drivers. At the beginning of the meeting, the participants stressed on the importance of the land transport sector as a major tributary for the national economy, supportive for infrastructure projects and it drives to many other economic sectors, with volume of investment estimated in this sector at more than 70 billion riyals.
Saud Alnfiei, Chairman of the committee referred to the investors' suffering in the land transport sector by the decision of allowable times for trucks to enter the city of Riyadh which is set out from 11 pm until 5 o'clock, whereas trucks are reserved about 18 hour on the outskirts of the city in locations that are not ready and don't not have the necessary services, in addition to the approved of ratios for the land transport sector in the "Nedaqat" program. He also said that following the effects of these decisions revealed a significant reduction in the activity of trucks and some are out of service due to the lack of drivers or their unwillingness to work, while the effect extended to reflect on the high cost of shipping which will be bearded by the consumer.
Alnifiei said that this contradicts the directions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to ease the burden of living on the citizen and not to download him additional burdens due to an increase in the prices of services or goods.
He revealed the Commission's intention to renew its demands to allocate four parking spaces for the trucks on the routes of the city of Riyadh, which are prepared with services in addition to make a competitive study to account losses incurred by investors in the sector due to that decision which includes numbers and documented statistics and to discuss the appropriate solutions. Moreover, a working group of this Committee has been formed for this task.
On the descent approved ratios for the transport sector in the program Nedaqat, the participants in the meeting stressed on their national commitment regarding the process of resettlement the sector jobs, but they called for the need to reconsider this percentage (12%) in the current stage and government training institutes should carry out its role in the rehabilitation of Saudi drivers to cover the current shortage
Also, they called for granting the Commission an opportunity to present a comprehensive study of the sector which includes a comprehensive developmental vision including the issue of resettlement sector jobs.
The Committee alerted to the security and economic dangers of the irregular taxi drivers' issues and called for the creation of regulatory frameworks which achieve safety and preserve security. Also, the committee proposed the idea of including authorized companies in its website to guide services seekers towards them to ensure distinctive and legal quality service.