TAXI drivers from across the Costa del Sol are today taking part in a protest against Uber-style private hire companies (VTC).
They want the Junta de Andalucia regional government to bring in more stringent regulation on the companies.
The drivers claim that Uber, Cabify and other VTC companies do not have to meet the high requirements expected of themselves, both from the licencing authorities and their own guild.
Today’s protest, organised by the Mobilisation Group of the Coast and associations such as Elite and Amat, consists of a march on foot that departed from the station stop at Maria Zambrano to finish in the square of San Juan de la Cruz square in front of the provincial headquarters of the Ministry of Development.
Taxi drivers from other provinces of Andalucia are expected to join the protest, as they did at one held in Sevilla on Monday and are expected to on Friday in Cordoba.
In parallel, and also this Friday, the Costa del Sol Taxi Confederation is planning to support a demonstration called by the Andalucian Federation of Autonomous Taxis (FAAT) at the headquarters of the eight provinces between 11 am and 1 pm.
Although separate demonstrations, they have the same aim: to put their demands back on the political agenda on the eve of the general elections. The main point of friction is in the demand of taxi drivers that these companies be forced to have their services ordered at least 15 minutes in advance.