By Sally Underwood • 23 September 2021 • 13:14
Malaga taxi drivers protest over private hire vehicles. Image: Wikimedia
The taxi drivers met on the morning of Thursday, September 23 at the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga to march along Avenida Manuel Augustin Heredia.
Representatives of Aumat, Taxi-Union, Elite Costa del Sol, Amata and the Costa del Sol Mobilisation Group attended the demonstration which left at 10.30 from the station.
The associations are demanding officials bring back in measures to limit the number of private hire vehicles and to sanction drivers who do not comply with regulations.
Spokesman for the Taxi Mobilisation Group on the Costa del Sol, Jesus Baez, said that the protest was for all tax drivers.
He said: “We have taxi drivers from Madrid with us, because we are talking about a problem that affects the national level.”
He added, “the taxi sector is against non-compliance with the law, and the little regulation that protects us against private hire vehicles is not complied with.”
Pedro Ruiz of the Malaga Unified Association of Taxi Drivers said: “We ask that the agreements and commitments reached in 2017 be made effective, and that police continue monitoring.”
Malaga politician Daniel Perez said he agreed with the protest.
He said: “We want the public to be aware and support taxi drivers in the city who suffer from unfair competition.”
In their protests, taxi drivers also stopped on Paseo del Parque in Malaga.
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