Madrid and Barcelona taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotobanka taxi. Archival photoMadrid and Barcelona taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Barcelona and part of the Madrid taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike against Uber and Cabify.

They need to restrict licences VTC, which are the drivers of these services.

In Madrid taxi drivers don’t carry passengers from the airport «Adolfo suárez» and from station «Atocha», the drivers are trying to block some streets, moving the column very slowly.

In Barcelona the strike began on July 25, on Friday, the taxi drivers blocked several streets, paralyzing traffic in the city, and also the road to the airport El Prat. Gran via is still blocked, taxi drivers spent the night there. Getting a taxi is impossible, no airport or Sants station. Association of taxi drivers of Barcelona’s claim that the strike involved about four thousand people.

In Barcelona during the week there were several attacks on the cars of Uber and Cabify, after which the Association of entrepreneurs Unauto VTC, which is responsible for ensuring the licensing of vehicles for hire with drivers (VTC), announced the suspension of drivers ‘ work to normalize the situation, but some cars continue to go the route.

Barcelona taxi drivers are encouraged to support their action to their colleagues in other cities of Spain, they have been joined by several hundred taxi drivers in Seville, Bilbao and Zaragoza.

In mid-March, the taxi service Uber has resumed in Barcelona after a hiatus of nearly four years. The company said it will provide its services through UberX drivers must have a license VTC — car that can be rented with a driver. The drivers should be registered as individual entrepreneurs. This type of license is much cheaper than the official taxi license.

The authorities of Barcelona on June 26 approved a quota of 30 licenses of taxi drivers should have to license VTC. In addition to the license, drivers must have permission of the Urban Institute for a taxi.

After this, the Ministry of development of Spain filed a lawsuit about the illegality of this decision of the city authorities. The court accepted the claim to consideration, that automatically means a suspension of the decision of the authorities of Barcelona.

Crece la guerra del taxi: huelga indefinida en Barcelona y espontánea en Madrid vía @indpcom

— fausto mochales (@faustomochales) 28 Jul 2018