Around 1,000 taxi drivers have gathered today in Madrid, in front of the Congress of Deputies, to request the approval of the royal decree law that allows the autonomous communities and municipalities regulate the activity of rental vehicles with driver (VTC).
The spokesperson for Elite Taxi, Cecilio González, has criticized the VTC for being a "Trojan horse" that aims 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 the 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 does not go ahead, the taxi sector will meet this afternoon to decide what will be the measures to take from that moment, Gonzalez 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 an undefended strike at the state level, which could also be launched "this afternoon".
Also, Carrasco has defended the competition in the mobility sector, since it has caused "improve the taxi" but has advocated that all players in the sector "play the same cards."
On the other hand, has stressed that if the royal decree is approved, taxi associations will begin to meet with the autonomous communities and municipalities to seek compliance with the proportion one VTC license for every thirty taxis.
The spokesman of the Association of Friends Taxistas de 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.