In Mardin, a group of private bus drivers protested against the Mardin Metropolitan Municipality, claiming that the municipality demanded charity by force during license plate procedures. Gathering in front of the Mardin Metropolitan Municipality – Head of Transport Department in the central Artuklu district, the drivers closed the road to vehicular traffic and called on the DBP municipality authorities to resign.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mahmut Çapçek claimed that the Mardin Metropolitan Municipality was trying to get rackets from them. Stating that the Mardin Metropolitan Municipality – Head of Transport Department demanded 6,500 Turkish liras as money for route, certificate of conformity, and transfer.
“The metropolitan municipality is asking for rackets from us. The amount is 235 Turkish liras in Diyarbakır and 175 Turkish liras in Şanlıurfa while it is 6,500 Turkish liras here. None of us can afford to pay it. We only earn money from carrying students. We have no other source of income.”