By Euro Weekly News Media • 29 June 2015 • 10:24
NO TAXIS on Wednesday July 1 (Flickr: M Peinado)
ELCHE taxi drivers have called for an all-out strike for the entire Valencia region on Wednesday June 1 in protest against taxi piracy.Spokesman for taxi drivers in Elche Thomas Jorge Martinez said: “Drivers have waited for various administrations to do something about piracy in the region and they have all failed. These drivers are trying to survive in unacceptable circumstances. Now it is time to act.”Wednesday’s protest is tipped to be the first of many in the drivers’ bid to force pirate taxis off the road. The platform against the Intrusion y Piracy de Valencia has called for action throughout the entire sector on Wednesday, demanding arrests and fines to be levied throughout the entire day against taxis operating illegally in all municipalities and cities “in protest against the lack of control and inspection by the Ministry of Transport and the security forces.”Drivers suffering most directly are those who work from Alicante-Elche International Airport where they are victims of the illegal ‘airport run’, unlicensed cars that work cash-in-hand ferrying passengers to and from the airport.On Wednesday July 1 there will be no taxi services in operation at stations, ports and airports across the Community of Valencia.
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