Monday, 25 October 2021

Taxi strike targeting Uber brings chaos to Spanish cities

MADRID: A strike by Spanish taxi drivers is set to continue after talks with government officials failed yesterday.

Spanish taxi drivers blocked major city streets including Barcelona’s Gran Via and Madrid’s Castellana in a protest to pressure the government to curb licences to online ride-hailing services such as Uber.

El País is reporting that taxi representatives were not in favour of the government’s offer to transfer powers over licensing to regional governments, as they said this would simply extend the problem to 17 regions, rather than fix it.

The strike is causing major concerns as it comes at the peak of tourist season in Spain.

Union representatives met officials of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government late yesterday to try to resolve the dispute, in which taxi drivers have choked main roads and snarled airports, bus and train stations since Saturday, 28 July.

Along with counterparts in many other European countries, Spain’s taxi drivers say that ride-hailing apps have made it impossible to compete.

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