First private taxi appeared in Norilsk in 1980s

First private taxi appeared in Norilsk in 1980s

July 21, 2023

By the 1980s, the number of private cars in Norilsk had grown exponentially. Accordingly, new services for motorists appeared.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk household service reported the opening of a paid parking lot at the intersection of Komsomolskaya and Dzerzhinsky streets. For a car – 65 kopecks per day, for a motorcycle – 46, for a bicycle – 20.

And in the Culture of Housing store they sold garages for cars, boats and motorcycles. The price of a garage made of a metal frame sheathed in wood was 610 rubles. It was noted that it can easily be converted into a country house.

The clothing repair shop sewed car seat covers for Norilsk residents, and the Flowers-Souvenirs shop sold pillows filled with reindeer fur.

In 1987, the Gorbytkombinat (the household service) announced the creation of private taxi in Norilsk. Owners of Zhiguli, Volga and Moskvich were invited to work part-time as drivers.

There were conditions for private taxi drivers: they were accepted only with driving experience, permanent residence permit, permission from the traffic police and from the main place of work. In addition, it was necessary to be a member of the All-Union Voluntary Society of Motorists.

In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we talked about the sign of Norilsk, which is surprising for visitors – huge house numbers.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

July 21, 2023

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