The Congress has validated today the royal decree law that empowers the autonomous communities and municipalities to regulate the activity of rental vehicles with driver (VTC), which will be processed as a bill and subject therefore to the amendments raised by the matches of the parliamentary arch.
The validation of the rule that aims to end the conflict in the cities between the VTC and the taxi drivers got 179 favorable votes (PSOE, United We Can-In Comú Podem-En Marea, ERC, PNV, PDeCAT, Compromis, Canary Coalition, EH Bildu and Nueva Canarias); 166 votes against (PP and Cs) and two abstentions.
The majority of the lower house has also supported that this royal decree of VTC be processed as a bill to allow possible modifications.
Around 1,000 taxi drivers concentrated today in front of the Congress of Deputies have celebrated the approval of the royal decree law, with the release of even firecrackers.
The president of the employer's association VTC, Eduardo Martin, has declared to EFE that "it is necessary to celebrate" that the norm is processed as a bill.
The Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, has indicated in this regard that the inclusion of amendments to the text of the royal decree will "delay" its processing, generate "uncertainty" and "only benefit those who want conflict."
From the PP Alberto Herrero has pointed out that the standard such and how it is written "is questionable constitutionality" and added that the validation "requires amendments to dialogue and find consensus."
The representative of PdeCat Ferrán Bel has admitted that his request to include some modifications to the normative text is motivated "by the absence of dialogue" with the political parties by the Government, prior to the approval by the Council of Ministers.
The parliamentary spokesmen have coincided in pointing out that the most susceptible questions to be modified are those referred to the competencial aspects, which empower the autonomous communities, and those of the transitory regime of four years so that the autonomous and local administrations adapt the legislation, which it is a term that also has a compensatory character.
Ábalos has responded that this new standard "enables but does not obligate" the regional and local administrations, and has added that the norm "calculates and compensates in kind" (4 or 6 more years) to the holders of the VTC licenses to operate in the urban area.
The association Elite Taxi has convened an assembly this afternoon to decide what measures will be carried out after the approval of the standard as a bill.
The president of the employers' association, Unauto VTC, explained that this scenario implies "a more in-depth study, greater dialogue and adequate advice" of the VTC activity.
Unauto, said Martin, "will be from now expectant" and has opined that PSOE and Unidos Podemos "have been left alone" and has qualified that the inclusion of amendments to the text means that "they require consensus and understanding to defend 30,000 jobs "in the VTC sector.