The Generalitat hopes to reach an agreement with taxi drivers in Barcelona "before Monday", to end the indefinite strike they started yesterday and the occupation of the Gran Vía in the city by hundreds of vehicles.
In declarations to Catalunya Ràdio and RAC1, the Minister of Territory of the Generalitat, Damià Calvet, has defended the content of the decree that prepares to regulate the rental vehicles with driver (VTC), which requires reserving the services of an Uber or a Cabify 15 minutes in advance.
Regarding the protest initiated by the taxi drivers, the minister said that "it is legitimate as long as it does not suppose to alter the public order, that there is no violence or that the economy of the city is not attacked".
In this line, he has warned that episodes of violence such as those recorded yesterday in Barcelona, which he has attributed to "some uncontrolled groups", affect the image of the taxi and the city, and added that "people can not live with the anguish of finding violence in the corner ".
On the other hand, the minister has insisted that it does not consider modifying the period of pre-contracting of a VTC because "it is legally sound" and allows "sufficiently differentiate" the activity of taxis and rental vehicles with driver, has considered.