Taxi union decided to end the strike after poll.
The taxi union has been in a meeting since wednesday evening, discussing whether the promises from the Junta to start monitoring Cabify and similiar companies would be enough to call of the strike. After hours of discussion, they had a secret poll that started around midnight and at 1.18 a.m. Thursday 17. August, they decided to end the strike.
Earlier on Wednesday there was a meeting between the taxi union and the “Consejería de Fomento y Vivienda” were it was decided that measures will be taken to monitor the amount of Cabify cars and other VTCs operating in any given region in Spain.
Hopefully taxi services along the Costa del Sol will be back to normal during Thursday 17. August.
During the Málaga fair, Cabify drivers from other provinces came to Málaga to offer rides at the Fair Ground and in Málaga centre. Cabify and other similiar services are called VTC (Chauffeur Driven Vehicles). You can book a ride via their app, but Cabify drivers are not allowed to offer rides to random passengers from the street. The percentage of VTCs operating in an area can not exceed 20% of the total amount of VTCs and Taxis at any time.
Taxi drivers in Málaga realised that there were more VTCs than allowed in the area and that they were in fact picking up passengers from the streets that had not booked their ride in advance.
The incident sparked a strike in Málaga that quickly spread to the entire province. It has been said that the measures to control Cabify and other VTC companies should have been initiated a long time ago, but that the Junta has been neglecting the situation.
Cabify is an international transportation network company provding vehicles with driver for hire via its smartphone app. Cabify’s control system allows them to keep track of all payments and charges that come from them because journeys are not allowed to be paid in cash. A test drive performed by ABC established that Cabify was cheaper than both Uber and city taxi service for the same trip. Cabify charges per kilometer of the optimal route. This means that it optimizes the distance between two points so the passenger is paying for the most direct route regardless of the actual route chosen by the driver.