Operating as a taxi driver managed to be highly sought after placed by various North Koreans gratitude to its high earning a potential and stable income in the middle of increasing demands in big cities comprising the capital Pyongyang.
Public sentiment in the direction of the taxi business, however, has soured freshly. Among other motives is a government effort to promote public transportation coupled with rising competition.
In specific, there is an increasing number of taxi drivers in Pyongyang who economically struggle and even fail to make enough income to pay for their “tax” to authorities, rendering to Seoul-based online newspaper Daily N.K.
Taxi drivers in North Korea are obligatory to pay some part of their profits to the authorities, a tax to preserve their license and operate legally.
The recent Daily N.K. report announced the case of a taxi driver in Pyongyang who reportedly chose to commit suicide after being incapable of meeting the high price of the tax for a long time.
The average daily tax sorts between $80 and $130. Last year, drivers allegedly were able to make up to $100 in incomes indeed behind such fees, but this is not the problem anymore.
In a country where the public’s economic actions are strictly controlled by the central government, the taxi drivers’ fight might not be a coincidence. Pyongyang has pushed public transportation lately.
In August last year, for example, the country’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper publicly dismissed taxi businesses, calling them a “vestige of some rich classes.”