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Struggling cabbies waive right to Easter bonus

Taxi drivers have waved the right to impose an extra charge on passengers over Easter as they bid to convince more people to use their services.

The Athens Taxi Drivers? Union (SATA) made it known to the Transport Ministry that its members do not want to raise their charges over the holiday period.

Taxi drivers have seen their business plummet since last year as austerity measures have hit people?s wallets. They also say their income has also been dented by increases to value-added tax and fuel taxes introduced last year by the government.

Cabbies were also hit last year by the government?s decision to tax them according to their income rather than have them pay a flat-rate fee of just over 1,200 euros regardless of how much they earn.

Under the new rules, cabbies also have to issue receipts to customers.