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The taxi maintains the pulse with the Government to start more restrictions on the VTC

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 23:48:56

The pulse between the taxi sector and the Government is maintained. The associations press to start an ‘express’ decree law to the Executive in which more restrictions are included for the VTC to avoid a potential flood of authorizations in the Spanish market. Both parties have met again for this Wednesday in a new meeting. In the one that has been held this Tuesday, the Secretary of State, David Lucas Parrón, has been present. The mobilizations called for this Thursday by the Antaxi national federation and the Elite Taxi association are maintained to try to raise the pressure. For their part, several of the VTC employers – who have not been summoned to any meeting – addressed the European Commission through a letter to intercede in the conflict and prevent the fourth legislative amendment in less than seven years.

“There is very good harmony and they want to reach an agreement soon and approve a regulation but we do not have dates,” said the announcer of Élite Taxi, Tito Álvarez, who acknowledges that this regulatory change is “very complex.” “We are talking about a very complex issue, very far-reaching and where there are parties that are pressing,” he has pointed out many times after the meeting held this Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport in Madrid. He admits that there are “very far apart” positions in several aspects. Both he and Julio Sanz, president of Antaxi, have announced that the mobilizations called for Thursday are maintained as a measure of pressure.

One of the keys is that of the powers of the different administrations. Since the ‘Ábalos decree’ approved in 2018, the regulation of licenses for activity within cities (urban) is in the hands of the communities. The potential invasion of powers is one of the risks of this new decree. The other has to do with the temporary application of the new decree, since what worries the taxi sector is the package of authorizations requested before that ‘Ábalos decree’ -which will have a four-year ‘grace period’ and therefore could operate from minute one.

In this last group of licenses that could reach the market -a significant percentage have been requested by Cabify- there are several miles, according to sources in the sector. With a 1-30 knocked down by the CJUE, the measures that are proposed consist of establishing environmental or traffic conditions to limit the granting of the second regional license. Those were the arguments that the magistrates did establish to carry out limitations on the concessions.

From the Ministry of Transport they have insisted that the State’s framework of action “can only include interurban transport, therefore, in the urban area, it is the autonomous communities and town halls that must regulate the conditions to authorize the circulation of VTCs “. From the department of Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, he presented that at tomorrow’s meeting he will discuss the final text of the decree.

Response from employers

This same Tuesday, two of the employers’ associations in the sector -Feneval and Unauto- have made public the letter they have sent to the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Valean, to ask her to intercede with the Government of Spain before they take measures that go against of the recent judgment of the CJEU. They speak of a “clear situation of defenselessness” before a new decree law that would be difficult to appeal in court. The organizations emphasize that they find it “outrageous” that the Government can approve an urgent regulation after the judicial ruling, negotiating exclusively with the taxi associations, before an election and without listening to the VTC.

For this reason, the two employers have asked the Commission to issue “an urgent communication to the Spanish authorities” to make it clear that the regulation imposed on the VTCs must be “based on proven compelling reasons of general interest” and that, Under European law, it is prohibited to impose restrictions on VTCs if their purpose is to protect the economic interests of taxis.

For its part, another of the employers, Movea, insists in a letter addressed to Transport that “an alarm that does not correspond to reality” is being fed. She recalls that the CJUE points out that the taxi cannot be considered a public service nor is it of general interest. Secondly, it talks about the second regional authorization: “There is no sense of urgency given that the 2018 decree already disabled VTCs from providing urban services.”

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
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