Taxis and VTC: Andalusia approves the rule of “coexistence”

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Seville, 27 (EFE).- The Andalusian government approves this Tuesday the decree regulating the activity in the urban area of ​​transport vehicles with driver to achieve the “coexistence” of taxis and VTCs. The text will stipulate that the sanctioning power to comply with the rule will be shared between the Council and the municipalities.

The Minister of Public Works, Marifrán Carazo, assured that measures “of enormous depth and importance” are proposed to promote the activity “with the consumer in mind” and guaranteed that there will be a “constant and stable” dialogue, with a working table once a month, where the application of the decree and other measures can be evaluated.

Municipalities will also monitor the application

The government’s offer The Andalusian must “continue to work” with the taxi sector to eliminate “all these fears” in the application of the standard.

The Andalusian Taxi Council is holding a meeting to negotiate the decree that will regulate transport vehicles with drivers (VTC), after protests and arrests by taxi drivers. EFE/José Manuel Vidal/File.

Monitoring in its application will be shared with municipalities, at the request of the taxi sector, to promote its “day-to-day” application.

The decree approval It takes place during the meeting of the board of directors on Tuesday and it should take a new step in the conflict between taxis and VTC.

The “Ábalos” settlement

On October 1, the transitional period of four years that the government granted to the autonomous communities to regulate the activity of VTC ends.

This regulation, known as the “Ábalos” decree, establishes that within four years, VTC license holders could only make intercity journeys, which in practice means that most of these vehicles had to stop operating. operate, as they currently make most of their journeys. in urban centers.

As of September 1, according to official data from the ministry, there were a total of 17,385 VTC licenses in Spain, of which 8,463 correspond to Madrid, 3,202 to Andalusia and 2,824 to Catalonia (which also already has regulations for the sector), concentrating between the three about 85% of the national total.

These nearly 14,500 licenses will be able to continue to operate urban lines, with more or less flexibility, from 1 October, while waiting for local authorities that have not yet done so to approve clear legislation in this regard or an extension of current regulations. they approve a new one. EFE

WEB editor: Luis Ortega

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