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Zambia taxi drivers riot over increase in fuel price, road charges

LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- Zambian police on Wednesday fired tear gas to disperse taxi drivers rioting in the southern city of Livingstone over government decisions to increase fuel prices and road charges.

The taxi drivers gathered on a busy road in the city's central business district at around 8:00 a.m. local time, demanding talks with officials of the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).

They blocked the road with their vehicles, stones and other objects, and burnt tyres, according to local media.

Police later arrived and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The taxi drivers complain that increased fuel prices and various road charges will make their business "unprofitable".

The RTSA has recently raised the cost of renewing driving licenses and charges for motor vehicle safety inspection, while the country's energy regulator, the Energy Regulation Board, has announced an increase in fuel prices.

             

 

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