Costa del Sol taxi dispute ends

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Taxi Dispute
FLASHBACK: Scene from a previous strike Photo Credit: Loma Eade

PEACE has returned to Costa del Sol taxi ranks after four days of heightening tension which even led to violence.

The initial problem arose when private hire company Cabify brought 35 cars down from Madrid to increase its service during the Malaga Fair.

Taxi drivers were up in arms about what they considered to be unfair, cheaper competition and called a strike, initially for the fair but which spread to affect Malaga Airport and some towns across the Costa del Sol.

So incensed were the taxi drivers that a number took the law into their own hands and reportedly threated Cabify drivers.

Those private hire cars are operated by drivers who are insured and hold a VTC license which does allow them to operate, but under different rules to licensed taxi drivers.

A video shows that there was even an assault on Eduardo Martín, president of Unauto VTC, the largest organization representing VTC drivers in Spain.

Agreement has now been reached for the Spanish government to restrict the number of new VTC licenses issued in order to keep a significant difference between the number of licensed taxi drivers and private hire drivers.

Drivers have also accepted that if they don’t work, they will lose large amounts of money at this busy time.

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