Taxi drivers

Italy: Unionized taxi drivers will go on strike across the country on July 5 and 6, demonstration in the center of Rome on July 5

Jul 02, 2022 | 10:23 UTC

Unionized taxi drivers in Italy will go on strike across the country on July 5-6, demonstration in central Rome on July 5. Taxi, likely transport disruptions.

Security

transportation

ITA

Event

Unionized taxi drivers plan to strike across the country on July 5 and 6 over various issues, including government plans to deregulate the sector. The industrial action has the support of several major driver unions and will likely lead to a reduction in the availability of taxis.

Drivers also plan to demonstrate in central Rome on July 5. Participants will gather from 08:00 a.m. in Piazza della Republica and march towards Piazza Venezia. Protesters could use their vehicles to block nearby roads, which could lead to major traffic jams. While protests are likely to remain peaceful, heightened security measures, including localized restrictions on movement, could also cause disruption in the surrounding area.

Drivers have also erected roadblocks or staged slow-motion protests during previous strikes and could do so again across the country, causing widespread traffic disruption. Police may divert motorists around any roadblocks and/or limit traffic to one lane or direction. Such protests are likely to pass without incident, but minor skirmishes between police and participants cannot be ruled out.

Tips

Confirm all taxi reservations on July 5 and 6. Arrange alternative transportation well in advance. Allow extra time for travel. Avoid all demonstrations as a routine safety measure. Do not attempt to cross protester roadblocks.