With the anticipated introduction of ride-sharing services under specific conditions managed by taxi companies this spring, Fukuoka’s Mayor Takashima has voiced concerns that the government’s stipulations do not meet the unique needs of Fukuoka City, casting doubt on its rollout in April. Addressing the widespread issue of taxi shortages, Mayor Takashima is pushing for more liberal regulations and legal reforms to enhance safety measures. As of the end of January, 21 municipalities, including notable locations such as Niseko Town in Hokkaido and Maizuru City in Kyoto, are exploring the implementation of ride-sharing services. This movement is part of a broader initiative led by the “Municipal Ride-Sharing Study Group,” which includes 108 city and town mayors, aiming to adapt ride-sharing solutions to local demands while tackling transportation challenges. Source: NHK
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