April 19, 2021

The PP plans a legal reform so that the VTC live with the taxi

The PP plans a legal reform so that the VTC live with the taxi

Far from solving it, the decree-law approved by the Ministry of Development for allegedly resolving the conflict between the taxi and rental vehicles with driver (VTC) has exacerbated it. In Catalonia, the regulation of the Generalitat has caused the cessation of activity by Uber and Cabify and the VTC companies that worked with both applications. In Madrid, the taxi is still on the warpath – although without a strike before the refusal of the regional government to regulate according to its conditions. And in the Valencian Community, the regional executive has announced that it prepares a regulation that does not satisfy neither the taxi nor the VTC. In the face of such turmoil, the PP believes that the only way to regain control of the situation is for the State to return to assume the competencies in the matter. And that will try. Popular sources in the Congress assure that one of the amendments that will be submitted to the Ábalos decree, which is being processed as a bill, will be directed in this regard. "We understand that it is the competent administration to regulate the sector," they explain.

The PP is aware that moving forward with the amendment will not be easy. Parliamentary arithmetic forces all parties to forge pacts to approve any measure. The popular, although they are the largest group in the chamber (134) also need these alliances that are now complicated. The sum with the party that could be closer to its postulates, Citizens (32), it is not enough to take them forward. And the support of the nationalists seems complicated, both because of the current national situation, with the judgment of the "proces" around the corner, and because of the idiosyncrasy of the VTC conflict. "It is difficult to imagine that the nationalists want to release these powers now that they have them," they admit. The only issue that they could be willing to negotiate is that the State assume through the decree any compensation that may arise from legislating the matter.

The decision of Ábalos to decentralize the competences of the VTC was always badly received by the PP. All of their autonomous governments declared their rejection of the intentions of Fomento because they considered that the only thing the ministry did was to "pass the hot potato" to the communities. The Government, nevertheless, defends that the regional and local administrations are the most competent to legislate on the matter. He argues that the conflict between the taxi and the VTC affects urban transport and that it is not acceptable for the State to regulate municipal issues. City councils, they conclude, know the matter better and can better regulate it.

Although the popular voted against the convalidación of the decree in the Congress the past month of October, yes that they opted in favor of that it was transacted like project of law to be able to introduce amendments with which to change it. They consider that, at this moment, it is the most appropriate way to correct it. The other way to have intervened would have been to appeal to the Constitutional Court through 50 of its deputies, but it was rejected for considering the amendment procedure more useful, explain these sources. However, the option remains on the table if the case should arise and the matter is stalled, they warn.

Whatever the decree of Ábalos is, the PP considers that the legislation now in existence is not enough to tackle the thorny issue of the VTC and the taxi. The party of Pablo Casado has among its plans the reform of the Law of Land Transport of 1987. Its objective is to achieve a regulation that allows both models to coexist in equal conditions, explain these sources. It is, at the moment, an idea sponsored by Casado himself but which is pending further development.


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