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Thousands of striking taxi drivers protest in central Madrid

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By ITN News Editor January 29, 2019 12:54

Thousands of striking taxi drivers protest in central Madrid

Thousands of of Madrid taxi drivers staged a protest at Sol Square in central Madrid against the online ride-hailing sector, including companies like Uber and Cabify which they say ignore regulations and pose unfair competition.

The protest joined by taxi drivers from across Spain and Portugal ended a day of demonstrations that started with the blockage of Madrid’s most iconic avenue earlier in the day. Spain’s government agreed to pass new regulations in September guaranteeing a cap on licences for Uber and similar services at a ratio of just one permit for every 30 taxi permits.The regulation also permitted Spanish regions to adopt their own restrictions on the services as they see fit.But taxi workers demand further restrictions such a law that would force customers of ride-hailing services to order transport an hour beforehand.Taxi drivers have been on strike since.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 29, 2019 12:54

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