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Spain Ended Its Massive Taxi Strike Over Uber. But It Didn't Solve the Problem

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TonyAlmeida
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 Posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Spain’s big taxi strike is over, for now, after the government said it would let local authorities make their own rules on licensing for ride-hailing firms. The country’s national taxi association, Antaxi, also said the government had agreed to its demand that drivers on platforms such as Uber and local rival Cabify should get only one operating license for every 30 given to regular taxi drivers.

"The strike ran for six days until Wednesday, causing significant disruption across the country. It started when taxi drivers in Barcelona began a protest against a court ruling that rejected local rules on the issuing of “VTC” licenses to ride-hailing firms.

In a statement, the government said it proposed that Spain’s autonomous communities—its regions—should be able to set local rules in order to craft their local transport policies.

The government said the change would be implemented across the country during September. Taxi federation Elite Taxi responded by saying it would be back in touch in September to work out what comes next. If the new deal isn’t properly enforced, more strikes are likely.

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Spain’s big taxi strike is over, for now, after the government said it would let local authorities make their own rules on licensing for ride-hailing firms. The country’s national taxi association, Antaxi, also said the government had agreed to its demand that drivers on platforms such as Uber and local rival Cabify should get only one operating license for every 30 given to regular taxi drivers.

"The strike ran for six days until Wednesday, causing significant disruption across the country. It started when taxi drivers in Barcelona began a protest against a court ruling that rejected local rules on the issuing of “VTC” licenses to ride-hailing firms.

In a statement, the government said it proposed that Spain’s autonomous communities—its regions—should be able to set local rules in order to craft their local transport policies.

The government said the change would be implemented across the country during September. Taxi federation Elite Taxi responded by saying it would be back in touch in September to work out what comes next. If the new deal isn’t properly enforced, more strikes are likely.

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