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A weyala (Amharic: ወያላ?[1]) is a conductor who receives fares on minibus share taxis in Ethiopia.[1][2][3] He also has the duty of informing potential passengers of the destination they are heading and the price they need to pay, informing the taxi driver to stop when a passenger wants to disembark. They also collect the appropriate price from the passenger as the taxi is moving and generally keeping the law on board the minibus taxi. Weyalas can be from various age groups,[4] and in recent times, even women have been known to work as weyalas.


  1. ^ a b Stranger, Yves (1 November 2014). "Ethiopia in an Blue and White Nutshell". The Reporter. AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Getnet Alemu, Edilegnaw Wale (2007), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy, Ethiopian Economic Association, 2, p. 103, ISBN 9789994454068  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ The Management of Commercial Road Transport in Ethiopia. Private Sector Development Hub/Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations. 2009. p. 179. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Daniel Kassahun, Meron Assefa (2005). "Issues in Urban Poverty: Two Selected Papers". FSS Studies on Poverty. Forum for Social Studies (5): 40, 48. Retrieved 14 November 2014.