Taxi drivers in Madrid join Barcelona strike against Uber's unfair competition
Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike today in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify.
"All taxis have spontaneously and progressively stopped work, paralyzing services in the capital, at the airport, around bus and railway stations", federation secretary Santiago Simon Vicente told AFP.
"The main problem is the proliferation of VTC licenses," he said.
"There are more and more of them, thousands, and it's unfair competition." The federation called on the authorities to enforce legislation under which there should be 30 traditional taxis for every VTC (tourism vehicle with chauffeur).
Today there are only five for every VTC, said Santiago Simon Vicente.
"Today everything is blocked in Barcelona, the airport, the stations, etc," the head of Taxis Companys, Luis Lopez, told AFP.
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