May 12, 2021

About a thousand taxi drivers are concentrated before the Congress while the decree on the VTC is debated

About a thousand taxi drivers are concentrated before the Congress while the decree on the VTC is debated


MadridUpdated:

Around 1,000 taxi drivers are concentrating this Thursday in Madrid, in front of the Congress of Deputies, to ask for the approval of the royal decree law on the VTC that allows the autonomous communities and municipalities to regulate this activity.

The spokesperson for Elite Taxi, Cecilio González, has criticized the VTC for being a "Trojan horse" that intends to "keep the mobility business", which according to their criteria, has become "strategic".

In addition, he pointed out that the taxi sector "Will not allow" "slave" companies to monopolize markets "at the expense of users and citizens" and estimates that some 100,000 families could be "left in ruins".

If the royal decree law that will allow the autonomous communities and municipalities to regulate the activity of the VTC go ahead, the taxi sector will meet this afternoon to decide what will be the measures to take from that moment, González explained.

On the contrary, the spokesperson of the Plataforma Caracol association, Daniel Carrasco, stressed that if the royal decree does not go ahead, the taxi sector will call undefended strike at the state level, which could also be launched "this afternoon".

Likewise, Carrasco has defended the competition in the mobility sector, since has caused that «improve the taxi» but he has advocated that all actors in the sector "play the same cards".

On the other hand, he stressed that if the royal decree is approved, taxi associations will begin to meet with the autonomous communities and the municipalities to seek compliance with the proportion one VTC license for every thirty taxis.

The spokesman of the Association of Friends Taxi drivers of Madrid, Vicente Castillo, has indicated that the taxi «Is in the hands of the Government» and that if the royal decree does not go ahead, the sector "will take to the streets immediately" and will call an indefinite strike. In addition, Castillo has requested that both taxis and VTC licenses have a regulation of their activity so that both sectors play in the same conditions.

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