Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers on the Costa del Sol will go on strike TODAY, affecting air and sea ports, bus and train stations in Malaga Spain

COSTA DEL SOL taxi drivers have called a strike for today, Thursday September 22, posing potential chaos in the city’s air and sea transport, bus and train stations.

Apart from essential services such as transporting the disabled, the elderly or families with children, there will be no taxi service between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the air and sea ports of Malaga, nor in the bus stations or railway.

Moreover, while colleagues attend a demonstration in Seville between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., only half of the taxi fleet in the city of Malaga and the rest of the Costa del Sol will be operational.

The protest is against the decree prepared by the junta to regulate the activity of VTC (private rental vehicle) vehicles in urban centers from October 1, currently allowing companies such as Uber, Cabify and Bolt to continue operating in city centers.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused, but we feel cheated by the junta because it is working against the interests of the sector, which supports thousands of families,” said the president of the Confederation of Taxis of the Costa del Sol, Miguel Angel Martin.

According to the taxi industry, VTC vehicles constitute unfair competition for the sector and must be more strictly regulated.

“We don’t want to stop anyone from working, ridesharing companies have to operate their way and we will operate ours. But if the junta lets these companies operate as if they were taxis, that’s a problem, because they’re not taxis,” Elite Taxi Costa del Sol spokesman Guillermo Diaz said.

As October 1 approaches, the tension between VTC vehicles and the taxi sector is all the more evident as the Andalusian VTC vehicle rental association, Andeval, accuses the Taxi Confederation of “putting pressure on the junta ” with a “misleading argument”.

The junta is due to approve the settlement next Tuesday, September 27, and so far, despite weeks of negotiations, no progress has been made.