Taxi drivers put out alert on ‘pirate’ transport services

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TAXI drivers in the area of Son Sant Joan airport have spoken out over the ‘pirate’ taxis that they believe to be ‘unfair competition.’
The Taxi Drivers Association of Mallorca hired the services of a detective agency to watch the activity of vehicles that operate around Palma’s Son Sant Joan airport.
The investigation, according to head of the association, Gabriel Moragues, has detected at least 30 vans, belonging to at least six different transport companies that, though authorised to operate in the area, are reported to be carrying out illegal activities to attract customers.
The alleged underhand tactics include charging each customer separately, when they should charge per journey, recruiting customers inside the Son Sant Joan even though this practice is prohibited in all AENA-controlled Spanish airports (only agencies with headquarters inside the airport can do so), and promoting themselves as taxi services, when they are not licensed as such.
Mr Moragues explained that the report had already been delivered to the Regional Government of the Islands, as the association believes legislation is being violated, and considers it to be a case of unfair competition.

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