Taxi strike in Barcelona

This summer, Spain held a protracted strike of taxi drivers in Barcelona against the drivers of Uber and Cabify.

What was the reason?

In March, the Uber taxi service resumed its operation in Barcelona after a nearly four-year pause. The drivers must have a VTC license – a car that can be hired, with a driver. Moreover, drivers must be registered as individual entrepreneurs. This type of license is much cheaper than the official license of a taxi.

Spain’s drivers are alarmed about the growth of smartphone ride-hailing services such as Uber and Cabify.

What was the reaction?

Various associations of taxi drivers in Barcelona announced an “immediate strike”. At the same time, associations declared that they “do not take responsibility for any event that may occur on the streets,” and place all responsibility on the Ministry of Development of Spain.

As part of the actions, taxi drivers started a slow march on cars from Barcelona airport to the city center. Actually, the drivers blocked the section of one of the main streets of the city. A number of protesters spent nights and days here.

What result?

The strike spread to other big cities, including Madrid, Zaragoza, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao.

As a result, Uber and Cabify drivers decided to suspend their work in Barcelona for an indefinite period.

Importance of any license in any section.

Any product and any property need a license to lawfully provide their services. Read about the tourist license in Barcelona on our blog.

 

 

 

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