The bill that can leave for the public coffers the regulation of the sector of the vehicles of rent with driver (VTC) can be of the great ones. If the proposal of the Generalitat of Catalonia to impose a pre-contract of one hour prospers, there will be demands from the VTC sector. His employers, Unauto, figure in 1,050 million the eventual amount that would claim the regional government as compensation for introducing what they consider additional restrictions on their activity. In case the decree-law forced them to cease their activity, the companies would also demand compensation for the contracts they had to pay, the compensation they had to pay their employees for dismissing them or rents. If this is reached, the bosses warn that the amount they could claim would be "astronomical".
For the whole of Spain, Unauto estimates that the compensation for restricting its activity could amount to about 4,000 million euros that would claim the administration in charge of regulating the sector.
The sector of the VTC yesterday achieved support for their demands of the Catalan Competition Authority (ACCO), which depends on the Generalitat. The agency announced that it will challenge the decree if approved as announced yesterday by the Minister of Territory, Damià Calvet. The director of this body, Marcel Coderch, said that the regulation "will end in court.
The strike of the taxi sector is also hitting the pocket of its conveners, who have stopped billing about 19 million euros. "We are losing not only what you do not gain by not leaving but also the fixed expenses that we pay every day," several taxi drivers explained yesterday at the entrance to Ifema. As they claim, the cost of the strike is not only calculated in the loss of profit of having the vehicles stopped the 16 hours a day that they can work, it is also in the costs that they must pay to make careers or not. «Besides the license and the vehicles, every day we have fixed costs of between 60 and 70 euros corresponding to insurance, self-employed workers, VAT, personal income tax and, in addition, insurance for salaried drivers» , they pointed out. These expenses have to be subtracted from the 180 to 200 euros a day that, they calculate, earn in a full work day.
It must also be borne in mind that salaried drivers, who do not own the license but work at the wheel of a taxi, have different employment contracts whose emoluments may depend on daily income per race. "Here there are as many licensees as salaried employees, perhaps more of the latter," said Pilar, one of the taxi drivers at the protest. "Everyone has had to take a very demanding test and invest to become taxi drivers and that is not being taken into account," he adds.
In Madrid there are 15,576 taxis that, at an average of 200 euros, would invoice about 3.11 million euros which would mean that, until yesterday, in three days of stoppages they would have stopped entering 9.3 million euros. In Barcelona, its 10,500 taxis would have stopped billing 2.1 million per day, so between Saturday and yesterday its turnover would have been reduced by 10.5 million.
Another sector to which the strike is causing damage is that of the Madrid hospitality industry. According to Ifema estimates, the celebration of Fitur2019, which is considered the most successful edition of recent years, will have a participation of more than 251,000 visitors between yesterday and Sunday, of which more than 150,000 will be foreign visitors. The magnitude of these figures has a direct economic impact on the city that is estimated to exceed 325 million euros, since the hotels and accommodation since yesterday hangs the poster "complete". However, the taxi strike will take its toll on the coffers of the city's businesses. In fact, as confirmed to LA RAZON yesterday by Juan José Blardony, general director of the Business Association of Hospitality of the Community of Madrid, "according to our forecasts, the celebration of Fitur has an impact of 4 million euros in the business of restoration and leisure of Madrid. But the taxi strike can reduce this forecast by 25% due to the mobility difficulties that the strike is generating in those attending the fair ».
With these data on the table, the losses caused by the harassment of taxi drivers to the Government of the Community of Madrid can generate a loss of one million euros between restaurants and locals in Madrid. And Carmena Rodríguez, vice-president of the Madrid Association of Restoration Companies, AMER, confirms that "there have been last-minute cancellations".