Illegal Alicante-Elche Airport taxi driver detained

FARE COP: (inset) People carrier used by illegal taxi driver impounded ©Policia Local Elche

LOCAL POLICE have detained a man for attempting to illegally pick up passengers at the Alicante-Elche Airport.

He was discovered at the bus stop located at the entrance to departures at the airport terminal and, according to the potential passengers themselves, flagrantly offered his services to a group of complete strangers who had just arrived on holiday. He was trying to charge them €10 per person.

Police carried out some basic checks on the driver and the vehicle’s documentation, all of which were totally in order except for the complete lack of any type of authorisation for transporting people.

His van was immediately impounded and was only returned to him once the currently imposed fine of €2,000 was paid.

This latest intervention is part of a comprehensive and ongoing monitoring of vehicles suspected of making regular and illegal trips back and forth from Alicante-Elche Airport, purely in the hope of ‘getting a fare’. Such attempts are contrary to a number of transport regulations under the control of the Spanish Traffic Directorate (DGT).

Travellers that use illegal taxi drivers are warned from time-to-time that using vehicles driven by people on regular airport runs do so at their own risk, and are helping the driver to break the law. The drivers and their cars are not insured for such operations should there be any kind of accident or incident en route to or from the airport.

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