Taxi drivers

Costa del Sol taxi drivers will demonstrate on September 15

Taxi drivers on the Costa del Sol are due to go on strike on Thursday, September 15 to protest against rules being considered by the Junta de Andalucía.

If approved and enacted, the rules will effectively open the door to private rental companies which have already been implemented elsewhere in the country, including Uber, Cabify and Bolt.

It is understood that the regulations being developed must comply with a Madrid decree which stipulates that companies must be regulated by regional authorities. If they are not, these companies will be limited to operating between cities, for example from Seville to Fuengirola or Malaga airport.

Without such regulations, it would effectively prevent these ride-sharing companies from operating in cities and towns.

The proposed regulations will allow ride-sharing companies to operate in Andalusia from October 1, hence the protest. Current taxi drivers believe these companies are offering unfair competition and that the proposed regulations do not go far enough to protect them.

The Confederation of Taxis of the Costa del Sol did not call a general strike, but instead asked half of the drivers to continue working as normal. The others were invited to travel to Seville to join the protest.

Costa del Sol taxis throughout the region are expected to be scarce while the area around the Ministry of Development in Seville is expected to be heavily congested.

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