Cabbies call off strike, for now!

TAXI firms in Spain’s main cities have called a temporary halt to their blanket strike, which has caused chaos in airports and stations throughout the last week.

Protests staged by cab drivers saw three of them arrested, and led to around 60 reports of vandalism and other disturbances, including attacks on Cabify and Über cars.

But drivers do not consider their industrial action to be over completely. They say they have merely called “a truce”, and that they will “remain vigilant” to ensure their demands are complied with.

José Ábalos, Spain’s Public Works Minister, has proposed Spain’s 17 regional governments work on an across-the-board legal framework, allowing car-pooling or car-and-driver-hire schemes to be regulated and limited.

This structure is expected to be on the table by next month, and cab drivers across the country, mostly in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the La Rioja region, will refrain from striking until then.

But, once approved in Parliament, the regulatory system is still unlikely to be binding on all regional governments. It’s merely advisory, because transport falls within their jurisdiction, rather than that of the Spanish Government.

But all regions been affected by taxi strikes will probably apply the new limitations.

Barcelona city council had previously decided to limit the number of Über and Cabify permits it awarded to one per 30 mainstream taxis. But Catalunya’s regional High Court of Justice overturned the rule.

Taxi drivers complain that these transport networks are under-cutting them on price and costing them trade.



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