By Isha Sesay • 05 November 2019 • 15:30
An agreement has been made which will allow taxi drivers in Palma to take 24-hour shifts during the high season.
In a move to avoid a summer with complaints about the lack of taxis in operation in the capital, several representatives from associations in the sector met with the Deputy Mayor of Sustainable Mobility, Francesc Dalmau.
This year, Palma City Council received a large number of complaints about the shortage of taxis at peak times in the city. This is largely a result of the cruise ship boom and some rather out-of-date rulings and business practices.
Dalmau explained the need to reach agreements to transform the taxi sector and that the proposal will be outlined in the next commission.
Another innovation will be the launch of a mobile application which will be a direct tool to connect taxi drivers to customers. A similar app was introduced in Ibiza this summer and has already proved to be a success, welcomed by the community.
The councillor also revealed that from the Mobility area, six taxi licenses, rescued by the City Council during the 1990s, will be drawn up for a price of €168,000 each, 30% less than the market price. He also explained that drivers without a license will have priority when choosing. Currently, Palma has a total of 1,246 taxi licenses.
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