NORTH AND EAST SYRIA: Zalin (Qamishli) taxi drivers go on strike calling for adjustment in fares

ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – Gasoline prices across Syria continue to rise as the economy continues to sink lower making it increasingly difficult earn a living.

With a liter of gasoline now costing more than 1,500 SYP, about 30 taxi drivers of Al-Corniche Line went on strike after being prevented from raising their fares to 200 SYP per passenger.

In an interview conducted by SuroyoFM with drivers participating in the strike, they complained about the high cost of living and the high price of gasoline in conjunction with the high prices for maintenance of cars parts and oil. Without raising fares, they said, they cannot maintain their livelihood.

Najmuddin Othman, Co-Chair of the Drivers Union in Zalin explained to SuroyoFM that they had submitted a request to the pricing committee of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) to reconsider adjusting the old fare in proportion to the high price of gasoline and the daily-changing SYP:USD exchange rate.