THREE ‘pirate’ taxi drivers in Calvia on Mallorca have been fined €6,000 each as police look to drive them off the roads.
Local Police have launched a crackdown on people offering unofficial transport services in the municipality, while admitting it is “an illegality that is very difficult to detect and prove.”
In one case a pirate driver was transporting four foreign citizens from Magaluf to Palma for the price of €5, according to police. The other two drivers sanctioned are said to have repeatedly offered tourists taxi services. All three have had their vehicles taken off the road.
The Traffic Division of Calvia’s Local Police has not just been targeting illegal transport services. In the first six months of the year it has set up 229 checkpoints, inspected 8,445 vehicles and filed 814 complaints for road safety violations.