The employers of the Concert Transport Vehicles (VTC) has affirmed this Thursday that the decree that is being prepared by the Valencian Government to regulate its activity will cause 500 dismissals if the wording known until now is maintained. The draft regulation establishes the obligation to hire vehicles 15 minutes in advance and allows municipalities to extend the deadline. Valencia has advanced that it will increase it to one hour, as Barcelona has done.
Eduardo Martín, national president of the employers' association Unauto VTC, and Ricardo González, regional president, have considered the text, which is in the phase of allegations, a copy of the norm approved in Catalonia. And they have argued that, if approved as it is, it will expel the companies from the sector of the Valencian Community, "shielding the taxi from the competition, causing them to raise their rates and harming the Valencians and tourists".
The draft decree that prepares the Generalitat also prohibits vehicles from using geolocation systems, and imposes on cars periods of "mandatory rest" whose characteristics are yet to be specified. Martín has opined that the imposition of shifts on vehicles invades the autonomy of companies to organize.
The taxi drivers have mobilized in recent months in Valencia, although with an intensity much lower than what has been lived in Madrid and Barcelona and without major violent incidents. Cabify has a hundred vehicles in the city, says Rodriguez, and Uber, which was installed in January, about 80.