Torrevieja’s taxi drivers have said that their livelihoods are being threatened by unlicensed pirate operators, who are under-cutting their services in unlicensed vehicles.

The bosses of the city’s two major companies, Radio Taxi Torrevieja and Teletaxi met with Torrevieja’s transport councillor, Javier Manzanares, to complain about the pirates of various nationalities including British, Spanish, Germans and Russians who were operating illegally.

The cabbies also complained about the reduction in business caused by the introduction of the shuttle bus service between Torrevieja and Alicante-Elche airport, as well as calling for new and changed ranks at various spots including Torrevieja Hospital. Manzanares said that improvements will be made adding that vehicles that are illegally parked in taxi ranks will be towed away.

In a separate development, taxi drivers across the Valencia region suspended a protest strike last Saturday over pirate taxis at Alicante-Elche airport, saying that they were positive and pleased with the way their arguments were being heard by the new Valencian regional government, with more talks being planned. Meanwhile, police patrols are being stepped up at Alicante’s AVE train station to reduce the number of unlicensed cabs there.

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