Jul 30, 2018

Spanish taxis block roads in 'anti-Uber' protest

Taxi drivers across Spain have joined a strike against ride-hailing companies like Uber, demanding the government restrict their numbers. The striking taxi drivers, some of whom have been camping out for days, say the services threaten their livelihood and are putting thousands of jobs at risk. Taxi unions want it to enforce the law which requires just one ride-hailing licence for every 30 taxi licences. The strike began in Barcelona last Wednesday, after the Spanish government appealed against a ruling by the Barcelona authorities that limited the number of licences for taxi services booked by smartphone apps. Others suggested the taxi drivers could simply look at the likes of Uber as "An opportunity" and not a threat.

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