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Taxis hold back action as Uber arrives on the Costa and Cabify expands its fleet

Some taxi drivers are not ruling out future industrial action.
Some taxi drivers are not ruling out future industrial action. / Ñito Salas
  • There has been no conflict so far, but taxis have asked local authorities to help them stop private-hire cars of all types possibly breaking the rules

The arrival of 200 Uber cars on the Costa for the first time in the last week hasn't so far led to conflict with the area's taxi drivers, although some are not ruling out future industrial action.

As news of an increase in the local fleet of Cabify, a similar ride-charging app, came at the same time as the launch of Uber, taxis asked local authorities and government to do more to help them stop private-hire cars of all types possibly breaking the rules.

They want to see more checks at the airport, where Uber and Cabify drivers cannot pick up passengers without a prearranged booking, and have asked for an urgent meeting to find out why a parking area for up to 43 private-hire vehicles is to be set up by the terminal.

Meanwhile, police have been stepping up random checks on the coast on cars offering private hire as part of local councils' previous commitment to the taxi industry to make sure that the drivers are complying with the law.