WATCH: App-based taxi cabs compete in illegal street race in Spain

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BUSTED: The drivers were promptly identified Photo Credit: @EliteTaxiEspana

POLICE in Madrid have identified and arrested two drivers from an app-based taxi cab company who were filmed competing in illegal races over the weekend on an industrial estate in Madrid. 

A video emerged on  social media showing an apparent illegal street race involving two cars during the early hours of the morning in the La Atalayuela area of the city.

In the video footage, each car’s registration plate is covered as the drivers launch into the street race.

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The specialist illegal street racing police division of Villa de Vallecas was charged with identifying the drivers and a full investigation began.

Reviewing the video footage, officers were able to deduce the exact location of the street race, Perales del Río street.

With this information, the specialist unit was able to identify the vehicles which had entered the vicinity and discover the number plates of the vehicles involved.

Officers used the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) database to identify the registered owners of the vehicles once their plates had been identified and then visited the headquarters of the app-based taxi service responsible.

The ride-hailing service promptly identified the drivers involved in the street racing video and both were arrested yesterday (Sunday) for reckless driving.

 

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