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12th November 2021
Energy & Transport Internal Market Justice & Litigation

ESA delivers reasoned opinion on Iceland‘s taxi license rules

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland for breaching EEA rules on the freedom of establishment in the taxi sector, a move that follows the initiation of infringement proceedings in January.

ESA’s letter of formal notice stressed that Iceland’s national legislation requires private operators to obtain prior authorisation to operate a taxi transport service, thereby limiting the number of available taxi licences in certain districts. According to the letter, the requirements to award new licences are not objective and favour existing operators to the detriment of new ones. The Icelandic Government does not dispute that the current legislation constitutes a restriction on new operators.

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