Striking taxis up pressure as tourism fair opens in Madrid

Young journalists club

News ID: 34449
Publish Date: 17:38 - 23 January 2019
TEHRAN, Jan 23 - A taxi strike against Uber-like services in Madrid entered its third day Wednesday just as one of the world's biggest tourism fairs opened, with hundreds of drivers protesting at the convention centre.

Striking taxis up pressure as tourism fair opens in MadridTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The taxi drivers blocked the road in front of the centre where the Fitur fair kicked off, burning tyres and a dustbin.

They had painted the slogan "VTCs aren't taxis" on the asphalt, referring to tourism vehicles with chauffeur such as Uber or Cabify, and shouted "Yes we can" and "Taxis united will never be defeated".

Juan Manuel Rodriguez, a 44-year-old taxi driver, was wearing a yellow vest like others around him in solidarity with anti-government protesters in neighbouring France.

"They're fighting for what they believe is fair and we are too," he said.

Taxi drivers are also striking in Barcelona amid increasing tensions with ride-hailing services which they accuse of taking away their business.

Unauto VTC, the association representing the sector, said 80 VTCs had been damaged in Barcelona and 50 in Madrid during the strike.

In Madrid, a taxi driver was seriously injured on Tuesday after jumping onto the bonnet of a black vehicle thought to be a VTC during a protest, and falling back onto the road as the car sped off.

Source: AFP


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