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Cabbies to meet with regional governors

Taxi drivers were on Thursday to meet with regional governors to discuss their ongoing action, which has paralyzed taxi services in the capital and much of the country for nearly three weeks as well as causing problems for tourists as protest action has involved the blocking of roads, airports and ports.

Talking to Skai on Thursday morning, Attica Governor, Yiannis Sgouros said that he has appealed to cabbies to suspend their action until the end of August when Transport Minister, Yiannis Ragousis, is expected to present legislation outlining the deregulation of their sector.

Cabbies, who object to full liberalization as they believe this will lead to a saturation of their sector and drive them out of business, have called for certain restrictions to be posed on the issuing of licenses.

Ragousis has ruled this out, indicating that he is determined to push through with full deregulation in accordance with the demands of Greece?s foreign creditors.

Taxi drivers have said they will continue their action until Saturday when they are to meet and consider their next move.

The decision came amid signs that the nationwide strike is running out of steam as cabbies lose valuable income in the middle of the tourist season.

On the Aegean islands of Lesvos, Myconos, Rhodes, Kos and Santorini, cabbies have returned to work.