Madrid taxi drivers will start an indefinite strike on Monday to pressure administrations on the regulation of rental vehicles with driver (VTC).
The indefinite strike will begin at six in the morning and will be added to the one started on Friday by taxi drivers from Barcelona, to which taxi drivers from several Catalan municipalities have joined, in protest at the new regulations that the Government is promoting to regulate the VTC such as Cabify or Uber, which establishes that these services must be contracted at least 15 minutes in advance.
Madrid taxi drivers have called today a rally in the Puerta del Sol from twelve to two in the afternoon, as reported to Efe vice president of the Professional Taxi Federation of Madrid, Jesus Fernandez.
This concentration will take place after the meeting convened at nine thirty in the morning by the president of the Community of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, with the representatives of the main associations of the Madrid taxi.
Garrido has cited them to study the demands of the sector and propose an express reform of the Law of Regulation and Coordination of Urban Transport of the Community of Madrid "in defense of the rights" of taxi drivers.
In a statement, the more than 350 businessmen grouped in Madrid Business Forum denounce the irresponsibility of taxi associations to call a strike coinciding with the celebration of the International Tourism Fair-FITUR, one of the events that brings greater wealth to the region and It attracts around 300,000 visitors.
"We respect the right to strike, but it is irresponsible to damage the image of Madrid, which harms tourism, a sector that directly reports many benefits to the taxi sector," says the president of Madrid Business Forum, Hilario Alfaro, in the note.
From Madrid Business Forum consider it unacceptable that the Government of Garrido give in to the "blackmail" that taxi drivers are doing to "eliminate" free competition.
"Citizens have the right to choose the best service and the best rates, we are against pre-contracting and in favor of all players having the same rules of the game," says Alfaro.
The taxi sector "will have to adapt to be able to coexist with new transport formulas, in the same way as other business sectors have done," he concludes.