Marbella council to toughen measures against illegal taxis

/ Monday, 13 July 2015 / Published in News

The town hall has requested a report from the Junta on how to apply the current law to immobilise ‘pirate’ taxi services Marbella council is to strengthen measures against illegal or ‘pirate’ taxis in the town which come out in force over the summer tourist season.

On July 1st, the specialist police team which was set up last year began its patrols to find and fine taxi drivers who are not licensed to carry passengers. It consists of six dedicated police officers, two of them in plain clothes.

Now there are plans to add to the current measures against illegal taxis. As such the council has requested a report from the Junta de Andalucía in order to discover how best to apply the Junta regulation which permits the immobilisation of those unlicensed vehicles used to transport paying passengers.

This was one of the agreements made in the first meeting of the ‘Plan Municipal contra el Intrusismo en el Taxi’ which was attended by council technicians, local police and the Guardia Civil’s traffic patrols.

The Junta’s Ley 17/2014 which was passed on December 23rd modified the existing urban transport regulations to allow the immobilisation of ‘pirate’ taxis until a fine - up to 2,760 euros - is paid.

“This will be one of a number of preventative measures we are going to apply,” said Miguel Díaz who is Marbella’s Head of the Traffic department.

Others include an information campaign directed at visitors and a call-out requesting the collaboration of tourist establishments such as hotels in helping to crack down on the town’s illegal taxis.

In the first seven days of July, seven vehicles were fined for acting as taxis without the necessary licences.

Sur in English 13.07.15

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