Taxi drivers and drivers of the urban transport platforms of the Transport Vehicles with Driver (VTC) have convened separate demonstrations for Thursday near the Congress, coinciding with the plenary session in which the royal decree that empowers autonomous communities and municipalities will be debated to regulate the activity of VTC vehicles.
The protest of the drivers of VTC will begin at 9.30 in the Paseo de la Castellana, at the height of the Ministry of Development, and is scheduled to end in the Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (Atocha), while the concentration of taxi drivers It will be at 10.30 in the corner of Cedaceros street with the San Jerónimo race.
Sources of the Delegation of the Government in Madrid have confirmed to Efe that the two manifestations have been communicated "in time and form" and are authorized.
The validation of this royal decree, which modifies the Land Transportation Ordinance Law (LOTT) in terms of VTC, would require a simple majority for its elevation to the status of law.
The new royal decree law that aims to regulate the activity of the VTC was developed as an urgent response to balance its offer with the taxi in the Spanish cities, after the atmosphere of conflict since the beginning of the summer.
The norm has not satisfied neither the group of the licenses of VTC nor the one of the taxi. However, taxi drivers have applauded its content in general, although they have expressed their disagreement about the four-year moratorium.
This moratorium will allow the holders of existing VTC authorizations at the entry into force of the regulation or whose applications were pending to be resolved to continue operating four more years in the urban area as before.
After this period, the authorizations of VTC at the state level will be enabled only to provide interurban services.
According to the Government, this is a deadline to compensate the damages that may be caused to the holders of the VTC granted in accordance with the previous regulations and that may be annulled in order to respect the legal ratio of 1/30 (one VTC per 30 taxis).
However, the royal decree law admits that, in certain duly justified cases, this period may be extended to recover the investment to the VTC that request it, if they can not access a second authorization in the urban area.
The association Unauto VTC, which groups 90% of the VTC sector in Spain, asked the government to "stop cheating the autonomous communities" and not hide that they must pay millions in compensation, if the royal decree law is validated.
The employers believe that, with the new regulations, the autonomous communities will be responsible for financial compensation for the possible expropriation of VTC authorizations
Unauto VTC referred to data from a study by Ernst & Young, which indicates that the cost of a tacit expropriation of VTC authorizations could amount to around 3,800 million euros.
It is expected that the norm will count on the support of the socialist groups and Unidos Podemos, while it was criticized by the PP.